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Online ax-grinders harm businesses: Another view | USA Today

Date: December 24, 2015

"Whether 'no-disparagement' contracts fairly serve that purpose, or whether they infringe on free speech, is a question for which there’s no clear answer. That’s why the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) doesn’t yet have a position. Our members have concerns on both sides." —Karen Harned, NFIB Legal Center

ATRA dubs Missouri “Show-Me-Your-Lawsuit-State” | KMZU

Date: December 24, 2015

KMZU’s Ashley Johnson conducted an interview with Missouri’s State Director for the National Federation of Independent Business, Brad Jones. Jones explained a Missouri bill that is in the works, that he hopes will help curb the excessive lawsuits that take place in Missouri.

Small Businesses Get a Permanent Tax Break on Buying Equipment | The New York Times

Date: December 24, 2015

Jerry Kortesmaki, the owner of London Road Rental Center in Duluth, Minn., relies on the deduction to stock up on equipment for his machinery and party supplies rental business. This year, he is using it to help pay for some $200,000 in new goods, including chairs, a mini-excavator, four trailers, an insulation blower and a sewer camera.

@NFIB on Twitter: "What is the most outrageous government hurdle your business has had to overcome? Tag @NFIB with your response. #smallbusiness"

Date: December 24, 2015

Rene Garcia proposes tax holiday to help small businesses | SaintPetersBlog

Date: December 24, 2015

The idea has been supported by the National Federation of Independent Business, saying it would “encourage consumers to patronize their local independent businesses during the year’s busiest shopping weekend.”

SBA's Office of Advocacy urges EPA to re-examine power plant rule's small business impact | The Business Journals

Date: December 23, 2015

The National Federation of Independent Business and other business groups contend the rule will hurt small businesses by raising the cost of electricity. Utilities will have to burn less coal and rely more on cleaner energy sources such as wind and solar power.

Congress finally gets it right on business expensing | Nevada News and Views

Date: December 23, 2015

NFIB/Nevada State Director Randi Thompson applauded Congress for finally getting it right on small business expensing. “An area of uncertainty for the nation’s most important group of employers is over. Predictability is now the law of the land for small-business owners, now that Section 179 expensing has been made permanent."

NFIB Stands Up for Small Business Rights | SCOTUSblog

Date: December 23, 2015

At NFIB, Luke Wake discusses a petition for certiorari that the Pacific Legal Foundation filed on behalf of “a small business property owner who was denied the opportunity to raise a takings claim in federal court, notwithstanding the fact that the state courts in Connecticut had already demonstrated a lack of concern for their asserted federal rights.”

@NFIB on Twitter: "What a #Democrat in the White House would mean for #smallbiz"

Date: December 23, 2015

Groups say Illinois manufacturing in near recession; NFIB praises measure congress passed to help spur business investment | Illinois News Network

Date: December 23, 2015

Kim Maisch, the Illinois director for the National Federation of Independent Business, says many of her manufacturing members feel the manufacturing recession and will continue steps they took after the great recession that ended in 2009. “They had to get leaner and meaner. Now, having said that, obviously if their business takes off and they need to hire people to take care of customer orders that will, I’m sure, happen but many, many of the folks I’ve talked to say they will never go back.”

Illinois manufacturing sector continues job struggle | Reboot illinois

Date: December 23, 2015

The slow-growing economy also means small- and medium-sized manufacturers that survived the Great Recession are hesitant to add jobs unless they know demand will likely sustain those positions, said Kim Maisch, Illinois director for the National Federation of Independent Business.

South Carolina should join call for constitutional convention | Greenville Online

Date: December 23, 2015

Passing a balanced budget amendment is the only way we can contain federal spending and tame the national debt, which currently stands at $18.2 trillion said NFIB/South Carolina State Director Ben Homeyer

Small Business Optimism Index Drops 1.3 Points in November | Ponca City News

Date: December 23, 2015

Walberg: Say no to runaway regulations | Detroit News

Date: December 23, 2015

U.S. Representative Tim Walberg wrote an op-ed about the Obama Administration’s regulatory onslaught that cited NFIB member Ralph Beebe’s testimony on the effects of regulations on his small business in front of the House Education and the Workforce Committee

@NFIB on Twitter: "#SmallBiz vs big box: who will win this #holiday season?"

Date: December 23, 2015

Western Pa. companies contend with how to afford requirements of health care law | TribLIVE

Date: December 23, 2015

Health insurance costs have been rising and employers have responded by passing along more costs to workers through premium contributions and higher deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs. The average annual premium for employer-sponsored family coverage this year is $17,545, up 4 percent from 2014, according to a survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation, an independent research organization in California.

Western Pa. Small Businesses Struggle Under Healthcare Law | Businessweek

Date: December 23, 2015

Kevin Shivers, state director for the National Federation of Independent Business in Pennsylvania, said many small businesses find health care costs crushing and the law limits them from reducing coverage to keep prices in check. The law requires minimum coverage levels and a list of essential benefits that critics say drive up costs. "It's a pretty big challenge right now," Shivers said.

Small Biz Newsmaker: The small business outlook for 2016 | MSNBC

Date: December 23, 2015

NFIB Chief Economist Bill Dunkelberg talked about what is in store for small businesses in 2016. He explained that uncertainty is the real enemy of growth and more business owners and consumers are pessimistic about the economy than optimistic. He also dove into the 2016 presidential election and touted Congress’ actions last week on 179 permanency.

Philly's working-class hero gets practical waiting for revolution | Philly.com

Date: December 23, 2015

"I think he's wrong, but he's certainly passionate about his side," said Kevin Shivers, who heads the state chapter of the National Federation of Independent Businesses, which opposes any minimum-wage hike.

@NFIB on Twitter: "A $12 #minimumwage is great if you get to keep your job…what about those who aren’t so lucky? #DNCDebate"

Date: December 23, 2015

Warm weather brings out downtown shoppers, but not for sweaters | Times Union

Date: December 23, 2015

Mike Durant, NFIB/New York State Director, said that small businesses are counting on strong holiday shopping to finish the year in the black. “The lack of winter weather has had people out and about shopping. Overall small business is hoping the last four or five days, there will be a big surge and they'll emerge from this holiday season in a strong place."

House Passes $622 Billion Tax Measure | WSJ

Date: December 18, 2015

NFIB CEO and President Dan Danner said, “This is a great day for small businesses.”

Small Businesses in Limbo as Congress Debates Tax Break | The New York Times

Date: December 18, 2015

NFIB Board Member Sherry Wuebben expressed her concern that Congress waited so long this year to renew the tax credit: "If they had known (a $500,000 deduction) was coming, they would have been visiting us," says Wuebben, whose company is based in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Her company deals equipment including tractors, combines and threshers that range in price from $25,000 to $500,000."

NFIB/Oregon Urges Approval of Federal Budget Deal | Cascade Business News

Date: December 18, 2015

NFIB/Oregon State Director Anthony Smith: “This has been a rough year for small businesses in Oregon, but this is a significant win. If a permanent and predictable mechanism for small businesses to invest in their own growth can be established, we’re sure to see a positive economic impact, and that means jobs."

Don't expect Main Street to acclerate borrowing overnight | CNBC

Date: December 18, 2015

The NFIB optimism index for November fell slightly to 94.8 from 96.1 in October. Reasons cited for the dip included slower sales projections and growing inventory. This index reading was also below the long-term average of 98.

Fed tax bill measures could benefit Mass. jobs | WBJournal.com

Date: December 18, 2015

NFIB/Massachusetts State Director Bill Vernon: "Our small business owners are struggling to find the optimism that was once characteristic of entrepreneurs. But today may be the first time in who knows how long that Congress is taking a step that will encourage new investments and create more jobs. Small businesses have been holding off on hiring additional people, expanding their businesses and investing more capital for years."

Business groups throw support behind ‘Any Willing Pharmacy’ bill | Drug Store News

Date: December 18, 2015

The National Community Pharmacists Associationnation announced Thursday that two business organizations, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and the National Grocers Association (NGA) had written Congress in support of the Ensuring Seniors Access to Local Pharmacies Act. 

California Named #1 Judicial Hellhole in the United States | Highland Community News

Date: December 18, 2015

NFIB/CA Executive Director Tom Scott is quoted in the report responding to Governor Brown’s veto of Senate Bill 251, which contained several common sense ADA reforms, including tax credits to incentivize businesses to become more accessible. Scott said, “If the Governor had a problem with the tax credit, I wish someone would have just said something months ago when lawmakers could have ‘just taken it out’.”

Judicial Hellhole? Fiction, says Gov.-elect Edwards spokesman | The News Star

Date: December 18, 2015

NFIB/Louisiana State Director Dawn Starns told the paper, "The governor-elect's record is cause for concern, but we're hopeful that he will recognize the need to represent all Louisianans, not just trial lawyers.”

Business community urges Legislature back Rick Scott's commercial lease tax cut | Sunshine State News | Florida Political News

Date: December 18, 2015

NFIB and other groups are pushing Gov. Rick Scott’s proposal to eliminate a tax on commercial leases, the only one of its type in the country. Scott is making his case that this is great for small business.

The Unexpected Place Where Americans Are Shopping | National Trust for Historic Preservation

Date: December 18, 2015

Figures released by the National Federation of Independent Businesses and American Express indicate that more than 95 million consumers shopped at small businesses on Small Business Saturday in 2015, an increase of 8 percent over 2014,with total spending reaching $16.2 billion

@NFIB on Twitter: "“This is a great day for #smallbiz,” @NFIB CEO says after the House votes to make 179 #expensing permanent."

Date: December 18, 2015

Section 179 expensing, R&D tax credit made permanent in Congress' tax and spending deal; Obamacare taxes suspended or postponed | The Business Journals

Date: December 18, 2015

Making the $500,000 limit permanent, and indexing it for inflation, “is easily the most positive thing Congress has done for small business in the past several years, and it will ripple through the economy in the form of new investments and more jobs,” said Dan Danner, president and CEO of the National Federation of Independent Business.

Budget deal gives health insurers respite from 'premium tax' | TheHill

Date: December 18, 2015

“It isn’t ideal, but it’s certainly a positive step,” said Amanda Austin, NFIB's Vice President of Public Policy. She said the bill would give businesses “a brief period of relief,” but that lawmakers must continue to fight for a full repeal.

Omni/extenders winners & losers: Caesars, bankers, oil and more | POLITICO

Date: December 18, 2015

The National Federation of Independent Business and STOP THE HIT Coalition won a one-year delay for the health insurance tax.

Why the Fed's historic rate hike is good news and bad news for the economy | LA Times

Date: December 18, 2015

NFIB Chief Economist Bill Dunkelberg said as a practical matter, “a quarter point does nothing really” for small firms because, “everybody's already got their low-interest loans. [The economy] is just plodding ahead and you don't borrow money, even if it's cheap, and invest it in plodding."

Arizona business experts praise federal budget deal | AZ Big Media

Date: December 18, 2015

NFIB/Arizona State Director Farrell Quinlan said, “Arizona small businesses not only wholeheartedly support the passage of the new permanent and indexed federal expensing provisions, we will make full conformity of our state’s tax code to the new Section 179 standard a top priority during the upcoming legislative session.”

Florida workers-comp case sees business groups file briefs | Orlando Sentinel

Date: December 18, 2015

The case, which stems from injuries suffered in 2003 by Hialeah Hospital nurse Daniel Stahl, challenges the constitutionality of the workers-compensation system.

@NFIB on Twitter: ".@NFIB cheers bipartisan plan that would make #smallbiz #expensing permanent, eagerly awaits vote in Congress"

Date: December 18, 2015

Ryan unveils sweeping $1.8T deal on government funding, taxes | TheHill

Date: December 18, 2015

Ryan emphasized that many popular business tax provisions, including the research and development tax credit and the Section 179 small-business expensing deduction, would be locked into law by the agreement.

Is today the day for tax extenders? | POLITICO

Date: December 18, 2015

. The National Federation of Independent Business, a prominent advocate for smaller companies, said Monday that it urged members to reach out to Capitol Hill in support of Section 179 expensing, resulting in over 8,000 letters.

From Pope Francis and NFIB to an Uber driver, people were talking about business on Capitol Hill this year | Chicago Business Journal

Date: December 18, 2015

“If this policy had survived, government agencies would have been able to rationalize the confiscation of almost anything.” — Karen Harned, executive director of the NFIB Small Business Legal Center, after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a Department of Agriculture program that required raisin growers to turn over part of their crop to the government.

All those regulations: Job-killers or worker protections? | Employment Law Daily

Date: December 18, 2015

Last week NFIB member Ralph Beebe testified at a House Education and the Workforce hearing on the effect of regulations on his Michigan small business.

@NFIB on Twitter: "GAO determines @EPA’s social media push for #WOTUS Rule was illegal"

Date: December 18, 2015

In Florida, the rent (tax) is too damn high, groups say | Florida Politics

Date: December 18, 2015

The tax cut proposal would result in roughly $339 million in savings to business owners in the first two years alone. Florida is the only state that levies a business rent tax, currently at 6 percent on leased space.

Asset forfeiture back in the spotlight in Oklahoma - Stanly News and Press: Don't Miss This

Date: December 18, 2015

“In my mind, that is a testament to the movement that is coming against civil asset forfeiture. You have the ACLU, NFIB, NAACP, OCPA, groups that never work together are coming together and saying, ‘This is wrong,’" Loveless said.

@NFIB on Twitter: "What are your tips for being a good manager? #smallbiz"

Date: December 18, 2015

John Kasich touts 'focus on workforce' during industry Teleforum | Construction Dive

Date: December 18, 2015

Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) said during a Teleforum Thursday afternoon with business association groups that he would "focus on workforce" and "treat every job creator as special" if he were elected president.

John Kasich says small businesses would find a partner in White House if he's elected president - The Business Journals

Date: December 18, 2015

If you want to know what John Kasich would do as president, look at what he’s done as governor of Ohio. That’s the main message Kasich delivered Thursday afternoon in a “tele-town hall” with business owners hosted by six business organizations.

Downtown merchants see retail sales perking during holiday season | Business Monthly

Date: December 18, 2015

Downtown merchants in Waterloo and Cedar Falls, Iowa are seeing their retail sales perk up this holiday season according to the Cedar Valley Business Monthly. Small Business Saturday may have been a big help, according to NFIB/Iowa State Director Kristin Failor.

Homeyer: S.C. needs to call for federal balanced budget amendment | The State

Date: December 18, 2015

NFIB/South Carolina State Director Ben Homeyer calls on South Carolina legislators to pass a bill supporting a national constitutional convention to create a federal balanced budget amendment.

Holiday party warnings from NFIB | The Banner-Press

Date: December 18, 2015

Socializing, alcohol, and mistletoe combine to create an environment that can lead to sexual harassment or fighting. Just because it’s a holiday party doesn’t mean you can’t be liable for what happens as an employer. Employee lawsuits can result from voluntary events held outside the office and outside normal work hours.

DOL must avoid obstacles to saving | Providence Business News

Date: December 18, 2015

"We are concerned that this proposal would yield greater complexity, costs and liability for retirement providers and potentially force them to stop servicing such plans. Without provider support, most small-business owners would be forced to either ‘go it alone’ when setting up plans, or hire expensive third-party advisers." —NFIB, Fidelity and Providence Chamber

Congressional leaders expect funding deal to be unveiled Monday | TheHill

Date: December 18, 2015

Congressional leaders expect the legislative text of a year-end omnibus spending bill to be released Monday, and they say it will likely be linked to a major deal on taxes including section 179 expensing.

Members of Congress, States and Business Urge Supreme Court to Review EPA's Latest Clean Water Act Overreach | Reuters

Date: December 18, 2015

A crush of supporters yesterday filed friend-of-the-court briefs, joining the NFIB in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hear arguments on the Environmental Protection Agency's plan to micromanage state land-use and development decisions under the guise of the Chesapeake Bay water quality "blueprint."

Businesses hoping for renewal of depreciation tax break | NorthJersey.com

Date: December 18, 2015

North Jersey small businesses are closely watching Congress for signs that a key tax break that allows them to write off substantial capital investments is going to get renewed. The provision, known as Section 179, was part of a budget bill that ground to a halt last week, and it's unclear when it will go for a vote.

@NFIB on Twitter: Many thanks to @JohnKasich for speaking with #smallbiz today

Date: December 18, 2015

Webber accepts Guardian of Small Business Award | The Save Jersey Blog

Date: December 18, 2015

Jay Webber presented with the Guardian of Small Business Award by NFIB’s Laurie Ehlbeck

John Kasich Will Speak with Business Owners in Nationwide TeleForum

Date: December 18, 2015

Presidential candidate Gov. John Kasich will address and answer questions from members of a coalition of major nationwide business groups in a TeleForum this Thursday, December 10. Kasich is the fourth leading presidential candidate to accept the invitation to speak to members of the NFIB and other leading independent business associations.

Are small-business owners upbeat or gloomy about the future? That depends on the survey | The Charlotte Observer

Date: December 18, 2015

The National Federation of Independent Business owners released similar news this week about small-business optimism being down.

 



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