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Minimum wage bill would raise it from $7.25 to $10.10 | WPMT FOX43

Date: January 28, 2015

With a new Democratic governor and support from the Obama Administration, State Senator Christine Tartaglione introduced a package of bills to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10. Other bills would raise the state’s tipped minimum wage for service workers and tie the wage to the Consumer Price Index. NFIB Pennsylvania Executive Director Kevin Shivers told Fox 43 that a higher minimum wage could force businesses to reduce jobs: “They may not be laying people off but they’re certainly not going to be hiring people, and at a time when we’re trying to get the economy up and rolling, raising the minimum wage is just horrible public policy.”

Hoping for Higher Wages | The Buffalo News

Date: January 28, 2015

The Coalition for Economic Justice, a union backed group, has launched a campaign to drive customers to businesses that pay employees a “living wage.” The Buffalo News asked NFIB’s Media Communications Director Jack Mozloom for his opinion: “While the movement’s goals are well-intentioned, and higher wages will be a boost to the economy, not all businesses can do it.”

Interim Silver replacement has more business-friendly agenda | Capital New York

Date: January 28, 2015

– Capital New York reports that Assembly Minority Leader Morelle will be taking over as Speaker until February 10th when there will be an election to replace outgoing Speaker Silver, who was arrested recently on corruption charges. Mike Durant, NFIB State Director, welcomes the change in leadership. Morelle, a Democrat from Rochester, “represents a thoughtful lawmaker that you can go have a conversation with on a specific issue. You’re not dismissed immediately. For our agenda, that would represent change from what we’ve seen over a vast number of years.”

Autism Treatment Coverage Bill Advances To Senate | WABE 90.1 FM

Date: January 28, 2015

– Atlanta’s NPR reported that a controversial bill requiring private insurers to provide Autism treatment coverage for children who are six and younger is making its way through the Georgia Legislature. NFIB’s State Director Kyle Jackson reminded the Senate Insurance and Labor Committee that this may force some business to drop health insurance: “I just encourage you to think about the small businesses in your community and their ability to absorb extra cost.”

@NFIB on Twitter: Employee theft takes a huge chunk out of #smallbiz profits every year. Stop the caper before it ever happens

Date: January 28, 2015

Overnight Regulation: GOP's small biz bill, take three | TheHill

Date: January 28, 2015

On Monday, Congressman Steve Chabot, Chairman of the House Small Business Committee, reintroduced the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Ac to the House Judiciary Committee. This bill would require government regulators to include direct and indirect impacts in their assessment of a regulation’s overall impact on small businesses. The bill would also require agencies to hold a small business advocacy review panel when a rule impacts a large number of small businesses. In an article by The Hill, NFIB’s Manager of Regulatory Policy Dan Bosh recognized that indirect impacts can be hard to quantify, but said it’s important to know how a rule will fully affect the economy. "In this administration, we often hear agencies talk about the benefits of rules and many times they’re taking into account indirect benefits, so the costs should be calculated the same way." Bosch also said NFIB is hoping to see the regulatory flexibility improvements act reach the House floor in a coupl

Snowstorm brings special headaches for small businesses | The Boston Globe

Date: January 28, 2015

The Boston Globe reported that across New England businesses are dealing with storm related headaches like disappointed customers, delayed orders, and lost revenue. Small businesses are especially frustrated because their margins for error are much slimmer and losing a day’s worth of sales or a valuable customer can be quite painful. NFIB State Director Bill Vernon said, “When people aren’t able to get to work, it has a bigger effect on smaller businesses.”

Bill would require all but smallest businesses to offer sick leave | The News Tribune

Date: January 28, 2015

NFIB State Director Pat Connor argued why this bill would hurt small businesses. "While business owners don't want employees working sick, there's a cost when people are gone from work. Small businesses are impacted when they have to pay for replacement workers for a sick employee, or deal with lost sales that occur from the lack of productivity in an employee's absence. Small businesses would greatly prefer to work with their employees to design a benefit program that makes the most sense for their particular operation. Let's help small businesses get back on track instead of running them over with this train."

@NFIB on Twitter: "Which is better for #smallbiz, getting up early or working late? #nightowl vs #earlybird

Date: January 28, 2015

Small business agenda: Target taxes, regulations | USA Today

Date: January 28, 2015

USA Today maps out Ohio Congressman Steve Chabot’s priorities as he becomes the chairman of the House Small Business Committee. Kevin Kuhlman, Director of Legislative Affairs for NFIB was quoted applauding the Congressman’s efforts. “Chabot showed his sensitivity to small-business concerns during committee hearings. He asks good, substantive questions and just keeps an open mind and just listens to the answers"

Obama's Big Bid To Change Sick-Leave Laws May Hinge On Small Business | Georgia Public Broadcasting

Date: January 28, 2015

– National Public Radio reported that President Obama’s pitch for mandatory paid sick leave could strain small businesses. Jack Mozloom, spokesman for NFIB, says the proposed mandate would create costs not to mention some losers, too. Big firms can at least absorb the blow, he says. These companies have giant pools of workers they can shuffle around when workers don't show up. But small businesses don't have that advantage. Stay tuned because, with a newly elected Republican Congress, the fight for paid sick leave is sure to get interesting and NFIB will be on the front lines of the battle.

Rauner’s appointments have some excited | IllinoisHomePage.net

Date: January 28, 2015

Gov. Rick Snyder has mixed responses from the business community when it comes to his ideas on how to boost road funding by $1.2b. Snyder is considering raising a sales tax from 6% to 7% to fund road repairs as well as increase education and local government funding. Snyder and legislative leaders from both parties have added a gas hike to the ballot after a gas tax increase stalled in the House last year. Republican leaders backed tax credits for low-income families, new funds for public education, and revenue sharing for cities in order to get Democratic support for the sales tax proposal. While the Michigan Chamber supported Governor Snyder’s effort for a large gasoline and fuel tax increase and the Small Business Association of Michigan has not taken a position, NFIB is opposed to a sales tax increase. "The side deals made to get it passed I think leave an unpleasant taste in our members' mouths," Charlie Owens, NFIB State Director, stated.

Majority of state NFIB members oppose Haslam’s Insure Tennessee plan | Nashville Business Journal

Date: January 28, 2015

The Nashville Business Journal reports that the Majority of state NFIB members oppose Governor Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee plan. The two-year pilot program would provide health care coverage to tens of thousands of Tennesseans who do not have access to health insurance or have limited options. NFIB State Director Jim Brown explained why small businesses are in opposition to Governor Haslam’s plan. "Many small-business owners have reservations about the proposal, as currently structured. They're concerned with more federal borrowing, how the plan will operate, likely loopholes and a lack of benchmarks. Members appreciate core principles in the governor's plan, but most aren't convinced yet it would operate effectively enough and believe taxpayers would be pressured to foot any cost overruns."

Gov. Ricketts: "The State of Our State is Strong" | Nebraskans React

Date: January 28, 2015

After Governor Pete Rickette’s proposed property tax relief in his State of the State Address on Thursday, 1011 Now reported the positive reaction from the business community. NFIB’s State Director, Bill Hallstrom, applauded the Governor’s speech. “Nebraska small businesses were delighted to hear the governor elevate tax reduction and regulatory relief as two of his highest priorities. Calling regulations hidden job-killers that stunted economic growth is hitting the bull’s-eye for the Main Street entrepreneurs who pay almost twice as much as big businesses do in order to comply with same regulations. His call for property tax relief and limiting the growth of government were also welcome news for the mom-and-pop enterprises of Nebraska that employ half of all workers and generate almost every job.”

Main Street grapples with idea of higher wages, sick pay | CNBC

Date: January 28, 2015

CNBC Online reports that small businesses found little in the President’s State of the Union Address to celebrate. “What’s most important to our members are lower rates on business income taxes,” said NFIB spokesman Jack Mozloom. Under the current system, he said, “a mom-and-pop hardware store pays more in taxes than Home Depot.”

GOP pans push for paid leave | TheHill

Date: January 28, 2015

The Hill reports that Republicans in Congress sat on their hands Tuesday night during the President’s State of the Union Address when he called on them to enact mandatory Paid Leave. NFIB Spokesman Jack Mozloom explained why the idea, which may have some sentimental appeal, doesn’t work for small business.

Gov. Scott proposes $470M in cellphone, TV tax cuts | Orlando Business Journal

Date: January 28, 2015

NFIB Executive Director Bill Herrle applauded the initiative: “This a tax cut that will put money back into the pockets of virtually every Florida family.”

Obama trumpets rising U.S. wages; data has a more somber tone | CNT

Date: January 28, 2015

Obama also noted that a bigger share of small-business owners planned to raise wages than at any time since 2007. That was an apparent reference to data from the National Federation of Independent Business from December, which genuinely lifted hopes workers were poised to get a pop in their paychecks. But even relatively upbeat data on actual earnings suggests workers are not getting much in the way of raises.

FACT CHECK: Obama claims credit for an incomplete recovery | The Denver Post

Date: January 28, 2015

THE FACTS: A survey of small businesses by the National Federation of Independent Business does show that a rising proportion plans to raise wages. But plans to raise pay aren't the same as actually raising them.

What Obama Will Try to Accomplish With State of the Union | NBC News.com

Date: January 28, 2015

President Obama last night delivered his annual State of the Union Address. Very few observers described it as a triumph. There’s consensus among the network talking heads this morning that it was strangely political for a man who is six years into his Presidency. NBC Nightly News previewed the address yesterday in prime time and NFIB is the only business group represented in the piece.

President Obama's State of the Union proposals could have been made in Oregon | OregonLive.com

Date: January 27, 2015

The Oregonian notes that President Obama’s sharply liberal agenda could have very well been introduced in Oregon, where State Director Jan Meeckoms is fighting a number of anti-business initiatives. “Oregon is certainly reflective of his agenda,” she says, pointing to bills imposing higher taxes, paid leave and a higher minimum wage.

Ranzenhofer receives award for small business advocacy | The Amherst Bee

Date: January 27, 2015

The Amherst Bee reports that State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer recently received the NFIB Guardian of Small Business Award. Director Mike Durant points to the lawmakers “steadfast commitment to small business.”

Top of Mind Issues for Main Street Ahead of SOTU | Fox Small Business Center

Date: January 27, 2015

Fox Business Network reports that among the top small business issues for 2015 regulatory and tax reform. NFIB Regulatory Policy Manager Dan Bosch points out that small businesses are hurt most by federal rules: “Any new requirement has a disproportionate effect on small business because they don’t have in-house compliance units,” he said. House Legislative Affairs Manger Matt Turkstra identifies small business expensing as a key tax initiative that would improve cash flow and help local employers recoup their capital investments faster.

Main Street reaches for a comeback | CNBC

Date: January 27, 2015

CNBC online that Main Street is poised for a comeback. Chief Economist Bill Dunkelberg discusses in the piece the most recent NFIB Small Business Optimism Index, which jumped sharply in December and could indicate a positive turn in the economy.

House passes bill to ‘rein in excessive regulatory costs.’ Could it become law? | The Washington Post

Date: January 27, 2015

The Administration protested this week that legislation passed by the House that would require regulatory agencies to jump through a few hoops before they can impose expensive new rules. According to the White House, the bill would increases costs and undermine efficiency for the bureaucracies that regulate business. “We feel your pain,” said NFIB President Dan Danner, whose group strongly supports the legislation. He tells the Washington Post: “It shouldn’t be easy for government to make it harder for small businesses and individual citizens.”

Mandatory Paid Time Off in State of the Union | News from The Associated Press

Date: January 27, 2015

The White House began leaking to the media Wednesday night that the President would be using his upcoming State of the Union address as a platform for mandatory paid leave. In a story that ran in more than 1,000 outlets around the country, NFIB spokesman Jack Mozloom explains to Associated Press that the mandate comes with a real cost that affects small business and jobs: “It ripples through the economy in ways that the President and the advocates don’t see.”

GOP lawmakers: Repeal of prevailing-wage law is priority | Crain's Detroit Business

Date: January 27, 2015

Legislative leaders say one of their top priorities for this session is to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law, which essentially guarantees that all public jobs are awarded to union shops. Governor Snyder hasn’t expressed much enthusiasm for the idea, perhaps because he’s counting on Democrats to support his infrastructure program. NFIB Director Charlie Owens doesn’t have much use for that sort of horse trading: “That last concession is a major handout to construction trade unions at the expense of merit shops and small business contractors.”

Shumlin lays out his ‘toughest budget’ | Times Argus Online

Date: January 27, 2015

Governor Peter Shumlin unveiled his budget yesterday, which calls for a new payroll tax to finance Medicaid expansion. Director Shawn Shouldice panned the idea in the Times Argus: “Small businesses in Vermont represent 96 percent of all businesses. While we see some green shoots in our economy, most are still struggling under the high costs of owning and operating their businesses in Vermont. Overall, the outlook Gov. Shumlin laid out today will not help small businesses to grow and prosper in our state.”

Minimum wage increases hurt small businesses and their workers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Date: January 27, 2015

NFIB Legislative Director Neal Lesher answers an editorial in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazzett that called for an increase in the minimum wage. Lesher argues that a minimum wage hike would hurt small business.

Small Businesses Brimming with Hope | South Florida Business Journal

Date: January 27, 2015

The National Federation of Independent Business said its monthly index of small business optimism rose in December to its highest level since October 2006. And business owners surveyed by the group said they were were more likely to add jobs than at any point since Great Recession ended. "There's no question that small business owners are feeling better about the economy," NFIB chief economist Bill Dunkelberg said.

Small businesses call for greater voice in regs | TheHill

Date: January 27, 2015

NFIB’s 2015 regulatory agenda was summed up by the Hill newspaper as: Small Businesses Call For Regulators to Be Nice. NFIB’s Amanda Austin, Steve Keen, and Dan Bosch are all quoted in the story – “If their goal is to encourage better behavior among small business owners, federal regulators should start by treating them the way they themselves want to be treated,” said Dan Bosch, NFIB’s manager of regulatory policy. “One way to do that is to be nice and that means not fining them right off the bat."

Taxes, regulations targets for new House committee chairman | HeraldStarOnline.com

Date: January 27, 2015

Chabot showed his sensitivity to small-business concerns during committee hearings, says Kevin Kuhlman, director of legislative affairs with the advocacy group National Federation of Independent Business. "He asks good, substantive questions and just keeps an open mind and just listens to the answers," he says.

New Jersey Supreme Court Restricts Ability to Label Workers as Independent Contractors | FordHarrison.com

Date: January 27, 2015

On January 13, 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision that will likely have a far reaching effect on employers by severely limiting their ability to classify workers as independent contractors.  In Hargrove et. al. v. Sleepy's, LLC, the Court held that the "ABC" test, derived from the New Jersey Unemployment Compensation Act,  governs whether a plaintiff is an employee or an independent contractor for purposes of resolving a wage-payment or wage-and-hour claim under New Jersey law.

Small Business CHallenge to NLRB Union Election Rule | POLITICO.com

Date: January 27, 2015

The National Labor Relations Board faces another federal lawsuit from business groups over its new rule speeding up the union election process. This one, filed in Texas, is from the Associated Builders and Contractors and the National Federation of Independent Business.

NJ Supreme Court Rules for Sleepy's Workers | Businessweek

Date: January 27, 2015

Sleepy's and the National Federation of Independent Business Federation, which had filed a friend-of-the-court brief, argued that the drivers were independent contractors because they had filed state paperwork registering their businesses and purchased their own trucks. They said the paperwork proved the point.

State won't require pay notices in 2015 | WGRZ

Date: January 26, 2015

New York will not require pay notices in 2015 and NFIB’s Mike Durant carries the message of small business: "We're happy that the annual notice requirement burden is alleviated on small business," said Mike Durant, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business.

NFIB: Small business optimism is up, but hiring plans down | Dallas Morning News

Date: January 26, 2015

Small business optimism edged up in May to its highest level in a year and the second straight monthly increase, according to a National Federation of Independent Business index. The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index rose 2.3 points to 94.4 — the second highest level since the start of the recession in December 2007. Eight of the 10 index components improved, showing higher expectations for future economic growth and sales, but hiring plans declined and capital expenditures were flat.

State Sales Tax Law Sameness is “Main Street Fairness”??? (Part 2) » Grassroots in Michigan

Date: January 26, 2015

mong the small businesses surveyed, the burden of government regulation and taxation are the top two problems. We can only wonder how many small business owners are aware that one source their problems is found in the SSUTA. (Click image of table to visit National Federation of Independent Business’ “Optimism Index” page for more survey results)

Small businesses are freaking out about the fiscal cliff. Why that matters. - The Washington Post

Date: January 26, 2015

The evidence is mounting that American consumers and businesses are starting to seriously sweat the fiscal cliff. The question now is: Will it matter?

Fortune 500 Thrives, But Small Businesses Not So Optimistic | SmallBizTrends

Date: January 26, 2015

The Optimism Index number went up, so you’re thinking, “it has to be good news.”  Well… not so fast. With all such indices and surveys, it all depends on the perspective and context.  Yes, it’s positive news, but if I had to sum it up, I’d say “it’s hardly rousing.”

Why the Optimism Index 3-month run of increases ended in June | Yahoo Finance

Date: January 26, 2015

Small business accounts for roughly half of the U.S. gross domestic product (or GDP) and jobs. The National Federation of Independent Business (or NFIB) Small Business Optimism Index is a monthly survey conducted by the NFIB.

Small Businesses: Is the Great Recession Over for You? | Small Biz Trends

Date: January 26, 2015

Here’s some positive news:  small business optimism is back to pre-Great Recession levels.  Small business owners are feeling more optimistic than anytime since September 2007. That’s according to the latest Small Business Optimism Index from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). And that is indeed good news to see conditions bouncing back.

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Date: January 26, 2015

Industry Crib Sheet: Small Business Confidence Brightens - ThomasNet News

Date: January 26, 2015

January Rebound Points To Growth In 2015 | Seeking Alpha

Date: January 26, 2015

December 2014 Small Business Optimism Index Spikes Again, Now at Highest Reading Since October 2006

Date: January 26, 2015

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)'s optimism index improved from 98.1 to  100.4. The market was expecting the index between 96.5 to 99.5 with consensus at 98.1. This index is at its highest level since October of 2006, with positive gains in eight of 10 indices.

Small Business Owner Optimism Highest Since 2006 | BusinessLoans.com

Date: January 26, 2015

There’s been a lot of encouraging economic news over the last couple of months including the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) December Optimism Index. The NFIB has been tracking small business economic trends since the fourth quarter of 1973 and started their monthly survey in 1986. “The December results clarify the economic picture for 2015,” writes NFIB Chief Economist Bill Dunkelberg, “We’ve been waiting a long time for this kind of activity, but it looks like small business owners are finally shaking off the effects of the recession.”

December 2014 US NFIB small business optimism index 100.4 vs 98.5 exp | ForexLive

Date: January 26, 2015

Index rises to the highest since Oct 2006. Green lights across the board except in one important category

Things are looking up for wages. Maybe. | The Washington Post

Date: January 26, 2015

First, the National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Optimism survey, which just reached its highest level since October 2006, shows that the shares of small businesses reporting that they either recently raised wages or plan to in the next three months are at new post-recession highs:

NFIB's small business index hits highest level since 2006; jobs, sales expectations increase | The Business Journals

Date: January 26, 2015

Happy days are here again for small businesses, judging from the latest monthly survey by the National Federation Independent Business. NFIB's Small Business Optimism Index jumped 2.3 points in December, hitting 100.4, the highest level since October 2006. Eight of the index's 10 indicators were up, with the biggest gains coming in expectations for higher sales and a sense that now is a good time to expand. The index is based on a monthly survey of randomly selected NFIB members.

NFIB: Small Business Confidence at 8-Year High | Fox Small Business Center

Date: January 26, 2015

The National Federation of Independent Business said on Tuesday its Small Business Optimism Index increased 2.3 points to 100.4 last month, the highest reading since October 2006. The index, which crossed the 100 mark for the first time in eight years, is now back at its prerecession average. It was bolstered by a surge in sales expectations as well as hiring, capital outlays and business expansion plans.

NFIB Small Business Optimism Plunges In November | Business Insider

Date: January 26, 2015

NFIB Reports Small Business Optimism Grows in December | Global Economy content from IndustryWeek

Date: January 26, 2015

Optimism among small businesses in December reached its highest level since October 2006, the National Federation of Independent Business reported today, providing fresh evidence that Main Street is finally sharing in the economic recovery that has fueled major corporations and the stock market. The Small Business Optimism Index gained 2.3 points to 100.4, taking the index back to its pre-recession average.

Help wanted: US job openings at 14-year high | WREX.com

Date: January 26, 2015

A second report Tuesday from the National Federation of Independent Business, a small business group, added to the positive outlook. An NFIB monthly index of small business optimism rose in December to its highest level since October 2006. Business owners surveyed by the group were also more likely to add jobs than at any point since the recession ended in June 2009.

House passes Regulatory Accountability Act; businesses say bill would make regulations more transparent, cost-effective | The Business Journals

Date: January 26, 2015

NFIB CEO Dan Danner tells Bizjournals that it’s about time for the government to jump through hoops for a change: "Making things a little harder for the regulators by slowing them down and forcing them to impose the least painful options is how the system should work."

Reactions to Christie's 2015 State of the State speech | NJ.com

Date: January 26, 2015

On Christie's vow to veto any income tax increase: "The Governor highlighted what our members have been saying for years, that increasing taxes and making it more difficult and expensive to do business in New Jersey will only result in businesses leaving our state," Ehlbeck said. "I hope that the legislature will take the Governors words to heart and come together to cut taxes and make growing a small business in New Jersey a more prosperous venture."

NJ Gov. Chris Christie hears it from critics before speech | app.com

Date: January 26, 2015

Ehlbeck credited Christie for "being able to hold off a plethora of bad proposals that were presented over the past five years.''

Oregon's Director of NFIB Not Positive About State's Economic Outlook | Cascade Business News

Date: January 26, 2015

But Meekcoms sounded a cautionary note. “Our Optimism Index is a national survey and is not broken down by state, which saves Oregon a little embarrassment. Our unemployment rate has been above the national average for more than a decade; our poverty rate is above the national average; we have the fifth highest amount of food stamp recipients in the nation and our cost-of-housing-to-income ratio is very high. And after looking at the job-threatening, economy-strangling legislative agenda for this session, I can guarantee you Oregon’s small businesses are not jumping for joy. Too bad, with gas prices trending lower, this would have been an excellent time to give Oregon small businesses some real traction out of the lingering effects from the Great Recession. Glad to read others in the nation have a more positive outlook, however.”

Labor board readies flurry of decisions | TheHill

Date: January 12, 2015

Beth Milito of the NFIB Small Business Legal Center explains to The Hill why the group is bracing for a flurry of decisions expected by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB): “We’ve seen the board become very active and aggressive under the Obama Administration.”

Congress Full-Time Plan Backed By Illinois Business Group | WICS NewsChannel 20

Date: January 15, 2015

Illinois Director Kim Maisch, for example, puts it this way for a local ABC affiliate: "And you know, we all know people, right, who are saying 'Gosh I have three part-time jobs now because no one wants to give me 40 hours a week or 30 hours a week.' And it's really not had a good impact on the work force and certainly has been hurting employees, particularly those in low wage jobs."

 



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