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Stark contrast: The 2 attorneys arguing the Obamacare case | POLITICO

Date: March 04, 2015

The Supreme Court will hear the oral arguments for the case of King V Burwell today. This case challenges whether the government can offer insurance subsidies in states using a federal health care exchange. Michael Carvin, the attorney who represented NFIB during our fight against Obamacare, will be returning to the Supreme Court to represent the plaintiff, King. In an article by Politico contrasting the two lawyers arguing today’s case, NFIB Small Business Legal Center Executive Director Karen Harned talked about Mr. Carvin’s style and why we hired him, “He was very passionate. He was all in on the substance as far as truly believing that this was inappropriate.”

Businesses Balk at Obamacare Definition of Full-Time Work | US News

Date: March 04, 2015

What the Affordable Care Act defines as a full time job continues to be a controversial topic. The employer mandate under the law defines a full-time employee as 30 hours, but there is currently legislation in the House and Senate that is intended to change the definition to someone working an average of 40 hours a week. NFIB supports this legislation because without an alteration there could be devastating economic impacts. In an interview with US News, NFIB Director of Media and Communications Jack Mozloom said, “The inevitable result is going to be fewer full-time employees, and I really don’t see how the other side can argue with that logic unless they completely misunderstand business.”

Business groups come out against Jindal plan to scale back Louisiana spending on tax credits | Fox Business

Date: March 04, 2015

A center piece of Governor Jindal’s budget proposal is catching a lot of heat from business groups who are calling it a multimillion dollar tax hike on businesses, according to an article by the Associated Press. Jindal wants to limit the inventory tax credit, which refunds businesses for paying local property taxes on their inventory. Dawn Starns, NFIB state director, said in a statement that, "small businesses operate on thin profit margins to begin with, and that refund can be enough to allow a small business to expand, hire an extra employee or, sometimes, keep the lights on."

Will budget proposal hurt small businesses? | WPMT FOX43

Date: March 04, 2015

After Governor Wolf presented his budget yesterday, there is question as to whether the tax shift he proposed will hurt small businesses, according to Fox 43 News. NFIB Executive Director Kevin Shivers is certain it will, “for small businesses, this budget can be expressed using a simple formula: high costs plus complexity equals cutbacks.” The Governor also wants to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

Extras On Excise: Will Opponents of the Texas Franchise Tax Finally Be Granted Their Repeal? | Bloomberg BNA

Date: March 04, 2015

The State Legislature, as well as Governor Greg Abbott, is pushing hard to revamp the state’s franchise tax. Some believe that the complexity of the tax and compliance costs are major issues. NFIB Executive Director Will Newton told Bloomberg BNA that the complexity of the tax alone has been driving up compliance costs for small business owners. “In many cases, we have heard from people in the small business community that pay more in compliance costs than in the actual tax itself.”

The news site for government and politics in the Free State | MarylandReporter.com

Date: March 04, 2015

Governor Hogan’s office alongside senators presented three bills at a Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs committee hearing that would repeal the “rain tax,” or stormwater remediation fee. The Senate President also has plans to present his own stormwater bill to the committee next week, according to the Maryland Reporter. NFIB State Director Jessica Cooper attended the hearing and said NFIB’s small businesses in Maryland are struggling with the tax and are reporting a 17% increase in their taxes.

Small Business Issues in New York | TWC News

Date: March 04, 2015

Bbusiness groups descended on the State’s capitol to voice their concerns about the hostile climate for economic growth put forth by Governor Cuomo’s agenda. Small businesses are not happy with the Governor’s tax cut package aimed at employers, his proposed minimum wage increase, and the recent increase for tipped worker wages. NFIB State Director Mike Durant has continued to be vocal against the Governor’s proposals that hurt small businesses, “we need the governor to understand you can't play economic Darwinism."

NY hands out $27.3M in film, television tax breaks in 2014's fourth quarter | Newsday

Date: March 04, 2015

News Day quoted NFIB State Director Mike Durant’s reaction to Governor Cuomo’s incentive, "it's outrageous the governor is handing massive tax incentives to his friends in Hollywood while small businesses receive scraps and the blunt end of his progressive agenda.”

Top Shows that Got Film Tax Breaks | WGRZ

Date: March 04, 2015

Anyone a fan of the TV series Orange is the New Black? According to Gannetts Albany Bureau, as a part of a program that gives tax breaks for TV and movie production, Orange is the New Black received $10 million to film their second season. With thirteen episodes the tax breaks come to about $762,000 per episode.

Small business and paid leave | 89.3 KPCC

Date: March 04, 2015

NFIB Media and Communications Director Jack Mozloom defended small businesses in a radio interview on Air Talk about paid time off for part time workers.

Weather’s job on the economy | Bankrate

Date: March 04, 2015

In an article speculating that February’s bad weather may have put a damper on the job market’s momentum, Bank Rate interviewed NFIB Chief Economist Bill Dunkelberg. "I suspect for the February report, we’re going to see some weather issues on hiring, slowing it down substantially. The weather has been terrible in the East." NFIB’s February Jobs Report will be released on Thursday so we will see just how the record breaking chills and snow fared on the business community.

Biz groups sue to stop Trenton paid sick leave law - Business - NorthJersey.com

Date: March 04, 2015

NFIB, along with five other business groups, filed suit to stop Trenton from implementing a local law requiring businesses to give workers paid sick leave yesterday. The law suit argues that Trenton, the State’s capital, doesn't have the legal authority to enact a paid sick leave law

Small business poll says ‘No’ to wage hike | Business Examiner

Date: March 04, 2015

An annual poll of small business owners rejected the idea of increasing the state’s minimum wage to pre-empt local cities doing the same thing. In response to the poll results NFIB State Director Patrick Connor said, “I’m hoping legislators take note of the views emanating from the Main Streets of their districts before making their choices.”

Small firms seek action | Times Union

Date: March 04, 2015

NFIB, along with other trade groups and small businesses, will try and shift the focus of the legislature’s attention on tax burdens and regulatory oversight at today’s Small Business Day. NFIB’s State Director Mike Durant said, “while many businesses still face tough economic conditions, the recent focus in Albany on education spending and ethical reform has "clouded dialogue" on small business issues. Small businesses and business owners have felt excluded.

Should it be illegal for small businesses to ask job candidates about criminal records? | On Point with Tom Ashbrook

Date: March 04, 2015

NFIB’s Senior Counsel Beth Milito participated in a discussion on NPR’s On Point about finding a job after a conviction or being arrested. Beth argued why small businesses are concerned with “Ban the Box” legislation, while Anthony Lowery from the Safer Foundation and Binyamin Applebaum from the NY Times gave their views on the impacts this legislation would have on individuals and the economy.

@NFIB on Twitter: "#SmallBusiness owners can't afford to procrastinate! Here's how to kick the habit"

Date: March 04, 2015

$1.87B Surplus Estimate Sets Debate Over Tax Cuts, Spending | CBS Minnesota

Date: March 02, 2015

Governor Mark Dayton and the Republican House Majority have different views of what to do with the projected $1.87 budget surplus, according the CBS Minnesota. Governor Mark Dayton pledged new spending for education Friday, while the leader of the House majority proposed at least half be set aside for tax cuts. NFIB suggested the state could now afford to give small businesses tax relief.

Catsimatidis trying to slip pricey biofuels mandate into budget | New York Post

Date: March 02, 2015

Despite this winter’s bone-chilling temperatures, lawmakers are trying to slip a “green biofuels” mandate into Governor Cuomo’s new budget that could add $150 million a year to heating and energy costs in New York. The New York Post thinks a big political donor to the Senate Republicans and Governor Cuomo might have some influence behind the mandate, but NFIB State Director Mike Durant said there is a widespread belief that the Senate GOP is trying to convince Cuomo to include the mandate in his budget. “Some advocates of this requirement have close ties to the Senate Republicans and they’re trying to work those relationships to get this done.

The news site for government and politics in the Free State | MarylandReporter.com

Date: March 02, 2015

Governor Larry Hogan has promised to make Maryland a more business friendly state, according to the Maryland Reporter. The Governor introduced a bill that would exempt businesses with less than a $10,000 property value, like equipment, furniture, computers, tools, and inventory, from the personal property tax. NFIB State Director Jessica Cooper testified that the bill would provide immense relief for small businesses and would benefit the economy.

Kentucky Health News: Bill to cap co-payments for drugs is backed by emotional testimony, but opposed by health insurers and employer groups | KY Health News

Date: March 02, 2015

Last week the Senate Health and Wellness Committee heard testimony for legislation that would limit what insurers can charge a patient for a 30-day supply of a single prescription drug. KY Health News reported NFIB’s opposition to the bill. Tom Underwood, NFIB state director, said the bill would primarily affect small-group employers, partly because small businesses have no power to negotiate with insurance companies.

Viewpoint: Don't let Walmart trample small business | Pensacola News Journal

Date: March 02, 2015

Walmart recently requested permission from the Florida Legislature to sell hard liquor on their shelves alongside other goods. In an opinion piece published by the Pensacola News Journal, NFIB Executive Director Bill Herrle wrote how changing the current laws of liquor sales would be detrimental to the independent liquor store owners.

Wolf needs to keep lid on spending, push pension reform | Philly.com

Date: March 02, 2015

On Tuesday, March 3, 2015, Governor Wolf will be giving his first budget address. In an opinion editorial published by Philly.com, NFIB State Director Kevin Shivers lays out some of what small businesses will be listening for.

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Date: March 02, 2015

Report: Pennsylvania governor considering sales tax increase | Watchdog.org

Date: February 27, 2015

With Governor Wolf days away from his first budget speech, Pennsylvanians are being showered with tax policy rumors. Citing an unnamed source, Watch dog reported that Wolf wants to raise the state’s sales tax and the personal income tax to help offer property tax cuts. The whispers follow Wolf’s news that he wants to cut the state’s corporate net income tax in half over two years. Many small business owners use the personal income tax to file their earnings, and a hike to the sales tax could reduce consumer demand at small retailers, according to the NFIB’s Neal Lesher.

Thursday 2/26/2015 round-up | SCOTUSblog

Date: February 27, 2015

In Thursday’s SCOTUS blog roundup, NFIB Small Business Legal Center’s Senior Staff Attorney Luke Wake was mentioned discussing the brief that NFIB filed on Wednesday in support of SCOTUS seeking review of an arbitration ruling by the New Jersey Supreme Court.

@NFIB on Twitter: "Don't work yourself (or your employees) to death! Simple changes for a healthier workplace"

Date: February 27, 2015

Governor Wolf proposes halving key corporate tax in Pennsylvania | TribLIVE

Date: February 27, 2015

As he gears up for his first budget address next week, Governor Wolf announced on Wednesday that he wants lawmakers to cut the state's corporate net income tax. Although the proposal received mixed reactions from CEOs and lawmakers, Kevin Shrivers, NFIB executive director, told Trib Live News that “for many small businesses, the impact won't be clear until it's determined whether — and by how much — Wolf proposes to increase the personal income tax. About 80 percent of businesses pay the personal income tax rather than the corporate net income tax.”

Film incentives face uncertain future in Legislature | Detroit Free Press

Date: February 27, 2015

The House Tax Policy Committee began hearings on a bill that would end the controversial film tax credit. NFIB was among those in support of the bill, according to the Lansing Journal. Charles Owen, NFIB state director, said that, "There are thousands of businesses already in the state who are not getting subsidies and are left to struggle in an uncertain business climate. If this business model can survive, they don't need the incentives.”

Cities seek power to raise sales taxes | Argus Leader

Date: February 27, 2015

Communities in South Dakota are looking for ways to fund roads and local infrastructure and it could come at the expense of small businesses according to Argus Leader News. Senate Bill 135 would give municipalities the ability to ask voters to approve raising sales tax for specific infrastructure projects. NFIB’s Bob Riter believes if the bill is passes, the state businesses could be at a competitive disadvantage - especially those near neighboring states that have a lower sales tax structure.

@NFIB on Twitter: "From relationships to creature comforts, these 3 #smallbiz owners sacrificed for their dreams"

Date: February 27, 2015

Referendum To Repeal Statewide Plastic Bag Ban Qualifies For 2016 Ballot | Reuters

Date: February 25, 2015

A referendum on the 2016 ballot in California will allow voters to decide whether they are in favor of banning plastic retail bags and allowing grocers to charge – and keep – 10 cents for each that is provided to customers. The law will be suspended until then. John Kabateck, NFIB executive director, was pleased with this decision, "SB 270 is a de facto multi-million dollar tax on California's small businesses and shoppers. Voters should be thrilled to have the opportunity to reverse it."

Texas Senators unveil Texas Senate Taxpayer Relief Act | Your Houston News

Date: February 25, 2015

The Texas Senate unveiled a major tax relief package which would cut property taxes, lessen the business-franchise tax and total $4.7 billion in tax reductions. Will Newton, NFIB executive director, saluted the authors of the package, “SB1, SB7, and SB8 are sure footed steps down a tax relief path, providing property and small business owners alike with more opportunity for capital reinvestment. As we have stated before NFIB/Texas supports full repeal of the franchise tax, but will also support any and all legislation that works to reform the tax and raise the exemption threshold.”

NY Labor Department approves wage increase for food servers, other tipped workers | AuburnPub.com

Date: February 25, 2015

– Tipped workers in New York are getting a raise. Acting state Labor Commissioner Mario Musolino signed an order on Tuesday that will increase the minimum wage for food servers, hotel housekeepers and other tipped workers, according to Auburn Pub. NFIB State Director Mike Durant criticized the order saying it will hurt the state's hospitality industry. "This move runs counter to the alleged focus on small business and the barriers they face in New York."

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Date: February 25, 2015

More $9 an hour? Pressure on for franchises to raise wages | CNBC

Date: February 25, 2015

With Wal-Mart raising the entry-level wage for workers to $9 an hour, will small businesses feel pressure to follow? NFIB’s Media and Communications Director Jack Mozloom told CNBC’s Kate Rogers how giant, multinational corporations like Wal-Mart operate very differently than the small retailer down the street. “For business owners that can't afford this … it forces them to make decisions elsewhere, and winds up hurting others that minimum-wage activists think they are helping.”

Most lobbied issue: Publix vs. Walmart over liquor sales | Tampa Tribune

Date: February 25, 2015

Currently Florida law requires retailers to have a separate store to sell distilled spirits like vodka and gin, but according to the Tampa Tribune a propped bill could change that. Tim Nungesser, NFIB legislative director, is concerned that this would put small businesses at a competitive disadvantage. “What’s going to happen to these businesses when Walmart starts selling liquor right next store?

Montana Senate panel OKs coal tax bills on party-line vote | Missoulian

Date: February 25, 2015

The Montana Senate Natural Resources Committee endorsed a proposed constitutional amendment to change the distribution of the coal severance tax and use some of the money as a permanent source to build and repair the state’s infrastructure. Missoulain News reported NFIB State Director Riley Johnson in support of the coal tax redistribution because Montana needs a reliable source of funds for infrastructure. “This is an ongoing source, not a one-time shot.”

@NFIB on Twitter: "Read up on how an #InternetSalesTax will affect #smallbiz offline and online"

Date: February 25, 2015

In Walmart pay hike, biz groups find new ammo to fight federal mandate | TheHill

Date: February 23, 2015

Walmart announced it would raise its starting wage to $9 an hour by April – this is $1.75 above the current federal minimum wage of $7.25, but $1.10 lower than the $10.10 the Obama Administration is fighting for. NFIB Media Communications Director Jack Mozloom told the Hill, “Our members feel this is the perfect example of the free market working the way it is intended to work. Wal-Mart made a decision based on what is best for Wal-Mart and our members want that benefit of the doubt.”

John Kasich’s tax plan sparks debate | The Columbus Dispatch

Date: February 23, 2015

Governor John Kasich has proposed a plan to eliminate income taxes for most business owners. The state says that, under the plan, business owners are expected to gain an average of $935 annually. Bill Dunkelberg, NFIB chief economist, applauded the plan and reminded the Columbus Dispatch that taxes are one of the biggest burdens for people starting small businesses, “Having the right message and providing the right mood is very important.”

Greater transparency on tax breaks debated | Goskagit.com

Date: February 23, 2015

- Information about a company’s tax breaks worth $10,000 or more would be available to the public under a bill that was heard in the House Finance Committee on Friday. Skagit Valley Herald reported Patrick Connor, NFIB state director, testifying against the proposed bill. Patrick argued that a competitor or individual could extrapolate material from the tax-break to find out financial information on a company. “This provides unfettered access that offers plenty of opportunities for mischief. The bill presents a regulatory burden on employers.”

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Date: February 23, 2015

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Reaction From Business Community to Lt. Governor Tate Reeves’ Taxpayer Pay Raise Act #msleg | Y'All Politics

Date: February 20, 2015

Lt Governor Tate Reeves introduced the Tax Payer Raise Act which would eliminate the 3 percent tax bracket levied on individual income, reduce the overall tax burden on small business owners and remove the franchise tax on business’ property and capital, according to Y'all Politics. NFIB State Director Ron Aldridge applauded this legislation, “Small businesses from the baker on the corner to the minister can benefit from the Tax Payer Raise Act. It will bring fairness where fairness is needed.”

House panel kills attempt to lighten lawsuits against Colorado small businesses | Denver Business Journal

Date: February 20, 2015

The Colorado Legislature rejected an effort to make anti discrimination lawsuits filed against small businesses less costly. NFIB State Director Tony Gagliardi said these fees could cost a company up to as much as $100,000.

Small-Business Owners Have Varied Ideas On Senate's Minimum Wage Plan | WUIS 91.9

Date: February 20, 2015

Legislation that passed the Senate earlier this month and is now pending in the House would immediately bring the minimum wage to from $8.25 to $9 an hour and then increase it by 50 cents per year until it reached $11 an hour in 2019. Kim Clark Maisch argued against the legislation and said small businesses were adamantly opposed.

Don't cut youth program funding, teens urge Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker | masslive.com

Date: February 20, 2015

Governor Charlie Baker reduced funding for youth jobs in order to close a $768 million midyear state budget gap. This was due to the minimum wage increase that went into effect in January. Bill Vernon, state director for NFIB, said small businesses have traditionally played a role in providing summer jobs, as well as after-school and weekend jobs, for young people.

IRS delays tax penalties against small businesses that reimburse employees who buy individual health insurance policies | The Business Journals

Date: February 20, 2015

In a nationally syndicated article, Business Journal reported that the IRS will delay imposing excise taxes on small businesses that reimburse their employees for buying individual health insurance policies. These employer payment plans are group health plans that don't comply with the Affordable Care Act. Amanda Austin, NFIB vice president of public policy, said that although this protects small businesses from costly healthcare penalties, there are still underlying problems. “We urge Congress to provide permanent relief from catastrophic penalties associated with health reimbursement arrangements and to find a solution to rising health insurance costs for small businesses."

Gov. Abbott promises large tax cuts to property owners and businesses | Austin Business Journal

Date: February 20, 2015

In his State of the State address, Governor Abbott called for a $2 billion reduction in the business franchise tax and a $2.2 billion reduction in the property tax burden. Will Newton, NFIB state director, told Austin Business Journal that, “After more than seven years of NFIB/Texas battling the franchise tax, we are encouraged to hear the Governor support taking action in reducing this tax and hope that it could mean a repeal of this onerous tax via a phase-out."

Gov. Hogan Announces Tax Relief for Small Businesses | WCBM 680

Date: February 20, 2015

Jessica Cooper, NFIB state director, applauded House Bill 480. “Today's legislation is a step in the right direction to providing tax relief for Maryland employers. Every time the cost to do business in our great state goes down, entrepreneurs reinvest their dollars into their businesses and improve our economy."

Larry Hogan seeks to end property tax on Maryland small businesses | Washington Times

Date: February 20, 2015

At Maryland Small Business Day, Governor Larry Hogan championed legislation that would eliminate the personal property tax for businesses that have less than $10,000 in personal property.

Philadelphia passes mandatory paid sick leave | Pennsylvania Business Daily

Date: February 20, 2015

The Philadelphia City Council passed a bill last week that requires businesses with 10 or more employees to provide paid leave. Penn Business Daily reported NFIB's opposition to the law, saying measures such as these hurt small business, are likely to stifle economic output and result in job losses. NFIB research indicates job losses have numbered in the tens of thousands in other jurisdictions that have passed similar paid leave laws.

Sanders puts brave face on single-payer troubles | TheHill

Date: February 20, 2015

A plan to provide health insurance for everyone, known as single-payer healthcare, suffered a major setback in December when Governor Peter Shumlin concluded it was not financially feasible. Some lawmakers believe that the plan could be revived, but NFIB State Director Shawn Souldice said in a statement to the Hill, “now that we have heard definitively that single-payer implementation is fiscally unsustainable, we must go back to the drawing board.” NFIB called for a full repeal of the plan in 2011.

Oregon's proposed sick leave law raises concerns among business groups, Republican lawmakers | OregonLive.com

Date: February 20, 2015

NFIB argued against the proposed statewide paid sick leave law during two legislative hearings this week. Alongside a few other small business groups, NFIB told lawmakers that Oregon small business owners could not afford another mandate, especially with talks of raising the minimum wage.

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Date: February 20, 2015

Employee or Contractor? Health Care Law Raises Stakes | NYTimes.com

Date: February 20, 2015

Tax experts warn that, due to the Affordable Care Act, there will be greater scrutiny by the I.R.S. of the independent contractor/employee distinction in 2015. NFIB Media Communications Director Jack Mozloom pointed out that some states have their own criteria for classifying workers and they are often at odds with or more stringent than the I.R.S.’s. “If you’re a licensed contractor in one state, and a potential client in another state must consider you an employee, that can be a problem.” Gary Cuozzo is the owner of the ISG Software Group in Wallingford, Connecticut and an NFIB member. He told the New York Times that even before ACA the state was determined to reclassify his contractors as employees. “It’s getting harder to use somebody as a subcontractor. Everything has gotten so complicated that I only hire through an agency now. I got fed up dealing with it, and now with the Obamacare stuff, the whole thing has gotten grayer and more difficult.”

House Votes to Make Expired Business Tax Breaks Permanent | ABC News

Date: February 20, 2015

The House passed America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act (H.R. 636), which would allow small businesses to immediately deduct the cost of purchasing new equipment. NRIB released a study last week showing this legislation could create 200,000 jobs and boost economic productivity by billions. The AP reported that the President will likely veto this legislation if sent to his desk.

Why small business groups are (nearly) united around the Keystone pipeline | The Washington Post

Date: February 20, 2015

Congress approved legislation calling for the construction of the Keystone Pipeline. The Washington Post quoted Amanda Austin, NFIB’s vice president of public policy, explaining why this bill is so important to small businesses, “Small businesses depend on affordable energy. With both the House and Senate agreeing that this project should move forward, we hope the bills quickly move to conference and the president signs it into law.” The President has already said he will veto the Keystone bill.

PA business community waits to learn more about Wolf's income tax plan | Watchdog.org

Date: February 20, 2015

The business community is awaiting Governor Wolf’s first budget address, which will be on March 3rd and will outline how he plans to dig the state out of a projected $2 billion deficit. NFIB Executive Director Kevin Shriver told Watch Dog, “The question becomes, ‘What are his plans to address that short of raising taxes?’… Obviously, we’re all going to be watching with baited breath for March 3.”

Eliminating Sales Tax on Commercial Leases Top Small-Business Priority | Sunshine State News

Date: February 20, 2015

Cutting taxes on businesses and stopping threats to burden entrepreneurs are the main focus of NFIB Florida’s 2015 legislative priorities. NFIB Executive Director Bill Herrle explained that NFIB has a number of opportunities to that this year, “but we also face some legislative challenges that threaten business owners’ ability to make the decisions that keep them competitive and growing.”

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Date: February 20, 2015

 



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