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NFIB drops ad opposing Medicaid expansion | Political Fix Florida

Date: April 24, 2015

. Executive Bill Herrle said, “As a lead plaintiff in the lawsuit against Obamacare, NFIB v. Sebelius, NFIB has been instrumental in fighting for small business owners against the overreach of Washington bureaucrats. In their decision, the US Supreme Court ruled that the federal government could not force states to expand Medicaid, yet that’s exactly what’s happening in Florida and it’s happening at the expense of small business owners and our economy.”

Few options for the biggest obstacle to tax reform | WashingtonExaminer.com

Date: April 24, 2015

NFIB Media and Communications Director Jack Mozloom responded to the exclusion of most small businesses in the country. "That kind of pick-and-choose approach argues against their own rationale for reforming the tax code in the first place," Jack said.

Andrew Cuomo’s ‘inarguable’ job-creation bungling | New York Post

Date: April 24, 2015

Governor Cuomo’s own administration reported that his Start-Up New York program has only created 76 positions with advertising costs nearing $53 million, but the Governor is still touting it as “inarguable,” according to the New York Post. This is the plan that Cuomo rolled out two years ago in lieu of a real economic plan and claims to offer a tax free zone for new and expanding businesses. Mike Durant, NFIB state director, has long criticized Governor Cuomo’s program calling it, “a perfect example of Albany’s propensity to throw sizable amounts of money in hopes of an economic solution.”

Business leaders optimistic on growth, wary of more taxes, spending from Wolf | CentreDaily.com

Date: April 24, 2015

NFIB Legislative Director Neal Lesher told the committee that small businesses represent every sector of the Pennsylvania economy. “Despite their importance to the Pennsylvania economy, small businesses tend to be more heavily burdened due to their size,” Neal said. He also warned the lawmakers about the negative impacts Governor Tom Wolf’s proposed budget will have on small businesses, especially the personal income and sales tax increases.

NFIB stands up for small business property rights | Nightly Business Report

Date: April 24, 2015

NFIB Senior Legal Counsel Beth Milito told CNBC that this case is about more than just raisins. “This is about what property is and what the government is required to do when it takes your property,” Beth said. “And, of course, raisins in our mind are property. The founders said property — they meant real property, tangible personal property.”

Giving small businesses a boost | UTSanDiego.com

Date: April 24, 2015

UT San Diego published an op-ed by NFIB Executive Director John Kabateck and California Assemblyman Brian Maienschein. The op-ed reads that government policies, including high taxes and regulations, are making it difficult for California’s 3.5 million small businesses to meet even the most basic obligations under the law. Both John and Assemblyman Maienschein are pushing to send a strong signal to job creators by establishing a statewide tax free holiday, known as Small Business Saturday.

Bill to repeal health insurance tax gains steam in House | TheHill

Date: April 24, 2015

A bipartisan bill to help health insurance companies avoid fees under ObamaCare is now backed by a majority of House lawmakers, its sponsors announced Wednesday. “The overwhelming support to repeal the HIT shows that Congress agrees that America’s small businesses should not be burdened with yet another costly tax with no benefit to show for it,” said Amanda Austin, vice president of public policy at the National Federation of Independent Business.

Justices slam raisin regulation in federal rebuke | TheHill

Date: April 24, 2015

the US Supreme Court heard arguments for the raisin case, Horne v USDA. NFIB filed an amicus brief in support of the Hornes, raisin farmers who withheld their crop from the government claiming a violation of their Fifth Amendment Takings Clause. The Hill reported NFIB’s opposition to the age old federal program. “It was bad policy then, just as it is bad policy today,” Karen Harned, executive director of NFIB’s Small Business Legal Center, was quoted. “For nearly 80 years, this regulation has systematically robbed raisin growers of their crop, in clear violation of the U.S. Constitution’s protections for private property.”

National Federation of Independent Business group launches Kansas radio campaign on taxes | KSHB.com

Date: April 24, 2015

NFIB State Director Dan Murray said it would be a big mistake to alter the exemption. “This is an important segment of the economy that you’re monkeying with. Like I said, small business isn’t small,” Dan said. “We employ the majority of the private sector jobs and have really been the source of the net new jobs that have been produced in the last decade.”

Ads urge Kansas lawmakers to keep tax exemption for businesses | The Wichita Eagle The Wichita Eagle

Date: April 24, 2015

A group that represents more than 4,000 Kansas businesses launched a radio ad campaign Wednesday, urging lawmakers to vote against any changes to an income tax exemption for business owners as the Legislature tries to fill a budget shortfall for next year.

Governor Shumlin statement on earned sick leave legislation | Vermont Business Magazine

Date: April 24, 2015

"Small business in Vermont has been attempting to recover from a disastrous business climate in this state and instead of focusing on tax and regulatory reforms that could actually assist Main Street, the legislature found it prudent to debate a stricter regulatory environment on our members, this time targeting the day to day operations of small employers and those that work for them by dictating paid leave for business owners, regardless of size," said NFIB State Director Shawn Shouldice.

D.C. Everest High School Senior earns Young Entrepreneur Award | Wausau Daily Herald

Date: April 24, 2015

DCE student and DECA President Austin Solomon, has been named one of 100 Top Young Entrepreneurs for 2015 by the National Federation of Independent Business' (NFIB) Young Entrepreneur Foundation on April 20. The NFIB Young Entrepreneurs Award provides scholarships to high school students who successfully start small businesses.

Seniors Awarded National Scholarships | Sonoran News

Date: April 24, 2015

NFIB Director of the YEF Molly Young: "America's young people have caught the entrepreneurial bug, and we could not be more confident in our next generation of business owners. We are impressed year after year with the quality of these hard-working, innovative high school students who are making their entrepreneurial dreams happen."

Jenks senior Forrest Hull wins NFIB/Harold Cogman Young Entrepreneur Award | Tulsa World

Date: April 24, 2015

Jenks High School senior Forrest Hull has been named the winner of the $1,000 NFIB/Harold Cogman Young Entrepreneur Award by the National Federation of Independent Business Young Entrepreneur Foundation. The scholarship program is designed to reward and encourage entrepreneurial talents among high school students.

@NFIB on Twitter: "You can't do everything. Run your #SmallBusiness more efficiently by outsourcing: #Infographic"

Date: April 24, 2015

Google change may hit small businesses | Businessweek

Date: April 24, 2015

NFIB Media and Communications Director Jack Mozloom what this means for small businesses. Small businesses very often don't have the resources to launch mobile websites, Jack said. "They have to prioritize, and that type of marketing often takes a back seat to new machinery or new employees needed to do the job."

New York small business advocates outline priorities for state lawmakers | New York Business Journal

Date: April 24, 2015

“This session, so far, has clearly put small employers on the defensive and has highlighted some substantial misfires when it comes to investing our tax dollars for economic development,” said NFIB New York state director Mike Durant.

SB 193: When a Good Bill goes Bad | Nevada News and Views

Date: April 24, 2015

NFIB State Director Randi Thompson: “Senate Bill 193 was originally drafted to change Nevada’s uniquely silly overtime law, but an additional provision to raise the minimum wage was added along its legislative journey, which we will strongly lobby the Assembly to remove,” Randi said. Tim Wulf, an NFIB Nevada leadership council member, will testify at today’s hearing. Tim is a retired economics professor who now owns a Jimmy John’s sandwich shop in Reno.

Plattsmouth student wins national scholarship | Fremont Tribune

Date: April 24, 2015

Two high school seniors from Nebraska are winners of the 2015 Young Entrepreneur Foundation’s scholarship. NFIB Director of the Young Entrepreneur Foundation Molly Young: “America’s young people have caught the entrepreneurial bug, and we could not be more confident in our next generation of business owners. We are impressed year after year with the quality of these hard-working, innovative high school students who are making their entrepreneurial dreams happen.”

@NFIB on Twitter: ".@NFIB says @EPA water regulations are dampening #EarthDay for #smallbiz owners"

Date: April 24, 2015

Two Oregon students, one from Summit, win scholarships | KTVZ

Date: April 24, 2015

“America’s young people have caught the entrepreneurial bug, and we could not be more confident in our next generation of business owners,” said Molly Young, Director of the Young Entrepreneur Foundation. “We are impressed year after year with the quality of these hard-working, innovative high school students who are making their entrepreneurial dreams happen.”

NFIB Announces The Top 100 Young Entrepreneurs of 2015 | School Planning & Management

Date: April 24, 2015

LePage seeks to quash local efforts to raise minimum wage [Bangor Daily News, Maine] | Businessweek

Date: April 24, 2015

NFIB State Director David Clough said the small business community opposes raising the minimum wage. "While small business understands the desire to help existing workers earn more, ordering employers to pay higher wages is not a risk-free economic miracle medicine," David said in a written statement. "Like a prescription drug ad, raising the minimum wage should come with warnings that it may not help everyone and that some workers may experience mild to severe side-effects, from loss of hours to potentially loss of jobs."

GOP takeover good news for K Street -- News Roundoup | POLITICO

Date: April 24, 2015

PITTS STAFFER TO NFIB: The National Federation of Independent Business has added Andrew Wimer as senior media manager. Wimer served until recently as Communications Director for Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.).

Advocates Push For Paid Medical, Family Leave, But Don't Address Costs | Kitsap Sun

Date: April 24, 2015

NFIB Media and Communications Director Jack Mozloom defended small businesses against the growing push for mandated paid leave. Many of our members have fewer than 10 employees, Jack said, and if someone's out on leave, it's likely they have to hire a temporary worker or pay someone overtime to do a job. Financing a paid leave program would "represent a real expense that some of them cannot absorb.”

Rauner Addresses Business Owners' Concerns | WNIJ and WNIU

Date: April 24, 2015

Governor Bruce Rauner addressed business owners at yesterdays “Employer Action Day” conference, sponsored by NFIB. Governor Rauner said business owners have suffered from Stockholm Syndrome with the Illinois government, according to Northern Public Radio. The audience was pleased when the Governor talked about lowering business workers compensation costs and capping companies' damages in lawsuits.

@NFIB on Twitter: "The House voted to repeal the #estatetax but what does that mean for your #smallbusiness?"

Date: April 24, 2015

House repeals estate tax, which some small business groups call a threat to family-owned firms | The Business Journals

Date: April 24, 2015

The Estate Tax is one step closer to being repealed. The US House of Representatives passed the Death Act Repeal Act of 2015 and now the legislation will move to be considered by the Senate. In a nationally syndicated article, Business Journal reported our support for the bill and cited that 34 percent of our members have spent money to protect themselves and their heirs from estate tax liability. “Why should they have to perform financial gymnastics to protect their families and their assets?” the article quoted Amanda Austin, NFIB vice president of public policy. “There’s nothing fair about taxing a person’s estate after they’ve spent a lifetime paying taxes.”

Union President Tells Women to Join Union to Get Equal Pay Even Though Unions Pay Women Less | Michigan Capitol Confidential

Date: April 24, 2015

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that men in unions made 11 percent more than women in 2014.

Tax reform hits roadblock: Small businesses | WashingtonExaminer.com

Date: April 24, 2015

In a letter this week, NFIB, along with 70 other national associations, confronted President Obama and Congress for considering a tax reform approach that would disadvantage businesses that employ two-thirds of American workers. "The members of our coalition seemed to be surprised," said NFIB Media and Communications Director Jack Mozloom. "The president's people are strongly resistant to dealing with the individual side of the tax code."

N.J. judge throws out lawsuit challenging Trenton paid sick leave law | NJ.com

Date: April 24, 2015

A Superior Court Judge threw out a lawsuit challenging Trenton's paid sick leave law Thursday and ruled the city is entitled to protect the health of its citizens by requiring businesses to give employees paid sick days. NFIB, along with several other business groups, filed suit against the city’s mandated paid leave law. The attorney representing these groups has not decided whether or not he will appeal the court’s ruling.

Maine Referendum on Minimum Wage? | Businessweek

Date: April 24, 2015

“Regardless of their motives for doing so, even a seemingly modest increase could be terrible for business and will disproportionately affect small employers," David Cough, NFIB Maine Director, said.

Florida to sue over Obamacare Medicaid expansion | POLITICO

Date: April 24, 2015

– Governor Rick Scott announced on Thursday that he will be suing the federal government for threatening to withhold more than $1 billion in funding for hospitals if the state fails to expand Medicaid, according to Politico. In his public statement, Governor Scott cited NFIB v Sebelius. “The Supreme Court has already ruled in NFIB v. Sebelius that the president cannot force Medicaid expansion on states,” Governor Scott said. “In fact, the court ruled that the president could not use ‘gun to the head’ approaches in pushing for Medicaid expansion.” The Obama Administration responded claiming that Governor Scott was misconstruing the court decision because the state is not being forced to do anything.

@NFIB on Twitter: "New survey shows troubling lack of #smallbusiness succession planning"

Date: April 24, 2015

A new survey shows that many small businesses are planning to fund their retirement by selling their businesses.

Impasse over Health Care Expansion Deepens | Sunshine State News

Date: April 24, 2015

"Small-business owners understand that expanding Medicaid jeopardizes our state's solvency," NFIB executive director Bill Herrle said. "They are concerned for the future of our state and our economic viability, and as such remain opposed to Medicaid expansion."

Biz groups 'disappointed' with GOP on tax reform | TheHill

Date: April 24, 2015

NFIB, along with seven other groups, wrote a letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orin Hatch and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Congressman Paul Ryan telling them there is no way tax reform works without reducing tax rates across-the-board. The letter comes in response to the two members of Congress reaching out to the business community earlier this week looking for ways to help all businesses in tax reform. Senator Hatch and Congressman Ryan said they were “looking for ideas on how to reduce the effective tax rate without reducing the statutory tax rates in a manner that will make small businesses more competitive and better able to invest, grow, hire, and increase wages for their employees.” They noted that statutory tax rates will have to wait until 2017 when there is a new president in office.

Small business lobbies for Texas Tax-Free Saturday option | Austin Business Journal

Date: April 24, 2015

A bill now pending in the House Ways and Means Committee would create a sales tax holiday for small businesses on the Saturday following Thanksgiving, dubbed Small Business Saturday, according to the Austin Business Journal. Will Newton, NFIB Executive Director, is hugely supportive of this bill, but wants to make sure it is not overshadowed by larger tax cut bills. “Small Business Saturday was created to encourage consumers to support locally-owned, independent, small businesses,” Will said. “This juxtaposition to shopping at big chain retailers on Black Friday produces community benefits in the form of job creation, neighborhood preservation and economic derivatives.”

New tax bill may impact CA small business | Folsom Telegraph

Date: April 24, 2015

Senate Bill 8, or the “Upward Mobility Act,” will likely negatively impact small businesses in California. SB 8 would be a $10 billion sales tax expansion on services that would apply to everything from accounting to gardeners. NFIB Executive Director John Kabateck opposes the legislation saying, “If we’re going to have an honest discussion about California’s tax system we shouldn’t begin that process by placing fear and uncertainty in already struggling small mom and pop businesses. California already has the highest sales, income and gas taxes. Why are we adding insult to injury when we need to get people working and Main Street humming again?”

Thursday letters: Health-care lawthreatens SC jobs | The State

Date: April 24, 2015

NFIB State Director Ben Homeyer discusses the impact the president’s health-care law is having on small businesses. Ben says small businesses are largely left out of the healthcare conversation and the tax will inevitably be passed onto small businesses resulting in higher insurance costs and loss of jobs.

NFIB praises state Senate for passing paid-leave bill | Pennsylvania Business Daily

Date: April 24, 2015

@NFIB on Twitter: "Check out the April #SmallBiz Scorecard - issues affecting your small business: #infographic"

Date: April 24, 2015

NFIB small business optimism index fell across the board in March | | Dallas Morning News

Date: April 15, 2015

Another sign that U.S. economic growth slowed in the first quarter: Small business confidence dropped across the board in March.

Small Business Owners Less Upbeat in March, says NFIB | Real Time Economics - WSJ

Date: April 15, 2015

Small business owners scaled back their enthusiasm in March, according to a report released Tuesday. In turn, they plan on less hiring and capital spending in the near term. The National Federation of Independent Business‘s small-business optimism index fell to 95.2 in March, from 98 in February. Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal projected the index to hold at 98.0. The NFIB said the index is the lowest since June 2014 and is back below its long-term average. All 10 subindexes declined last month. Readings on plans to add jobs and raise capital spending took hits. The subindex covering plans to create new jobs fell two percentage points to 10%. The capital outlays subindex dropped two points to 24%. Overall, only 10% of respondents thought now is a good time to expand, a drop of three points from February.

Small Business Confidence Falls; Labor Indicators Weak | NYTimes.com

Date: April 15, 2015

Small business confidence fell in March as hiring and capital spending plans weakened, adding to signs that economic growth braked sharply in the first quarter. The National Federation of Independent Business said on Tuesday its Small Business Optimism Index dropped 2.8 points to 95.2 last month. The decline in the NFIB is in line with softer data on employment growth and manufacturing.

U.S. small business confidence falls; labor indicators weak | Reuters

Date: April 15, 2015

The National Federation of Independent Business said on Tuesday its Small Business Optimism Index dropped 2.8 points to 95.2 last month. The decline in the NFIB is in line with softer data on employment growth and manufacturing. Economic growth in recent months has been dampened by harsh winter weather as well as a now-settled labor dispute at the normally busy West Coast ports, softer global demand and a stronger dollar.

Small-business optimism nosedives to 9-month low | Fox Business Video

Date: April 15, 2015

NFIB Chief Economist Bill Dunkelberg discussed the SBET data on Maria Bartiromo yesterday morning and told the Fox Business Channel that the Index has been slipping since December. Weather did play a role in the decline in economic data, but small business owners understand weather is temporary and it comes down to them just not being optimistic about the future. He noted that healthcare costs are rising, business owners are frustrated with costs of regulations and the complexity of red tape and they anticipate that changing. Owners are not expecting sales to go up in the coming months and they do not see things improving or the government shifting their attention to issues important to the economy. Bill predicts that business owners will stay pessimistic until they see something positive happen.

Left, right ally against Cuomo's Start-Up NY | Miami Herald Miami Herald

Date: April 15, 2015

- An unlikely coalition from New York's political right and left has called for the suspension of Governor Andrew Cuomo's Start-Up NY economic development program following reports of meek initial success and significant marketing costs, according to the Associated Press. The bipartisan group consists of the state Conservative Party, NFIB, Working Families Party and Fiscal Policy Institute. NFIB State Director Mike Durant said the state would be better off reducing taxes for all rather than just a few chosen companies. "The Start-Up New York program is a perfect example of Albany's propensity to throw sizable amounts of money in hopes of an economic solution," Mike said. "The initial reports show limited job creation amid major taxpayer cost."

House panel kills ‘whiskey and Wheaties’ bill | TBO.com and The Tampa Tribune

Date: April 15, 2015

In a bipartisan vote, the House Regulatory Affairs committee on Tuesday killed a bill that came to be known as the “Whiskey and Wheaties” bill. The Tampa Tribune reported that this legislation would have repealed a state law requiring retailers to sell hard liquor in a separate store away from groceries and other goods. The bill was pushed by Walmart, Target, Walgreens and others, who wanted an elimination of the separation requirement. NFIB was against the “Whiskey and Wheaties” bill and cheered its demise. “Too often we see the big guy trampling the little guy, but this represents a win for the independent retailers of Main Street,” NFIB legislative director Tim Nungesser said.

State's franchise tax is universally despised in Texas Capitol | Houston Chronicle

Date: April 15, 2015

There is no law more universally despised in Austin than the Franchise Tax, according to the Houston Chronical. Appropriately enough, on the day before Tax Day lawmakers discussed revisions of the tax. NFIB has long been in support of a full repeal of the Texas Franchise Tax and, in his testimony in front of the Texas House Ways and Means Committee, NFIB executive director Will Newton argued that "Some companies say they spend as much complying with this tax as they spend paying it."

@NFIB on Twitter: "24 = hours a #smallbiz spends preparing federal #taxes. 70,000 = pages in IRS tax code. #taxreform is way overdue."

Date: April 15, 2015

Flagstaff group sues to raise minimum wage

Date: April 15, 2015

A group of residents in Flagstaff, Arizona are suing the state over a law that prohibits cities from raising the minimum wage. The lawsuit alleges Arizona law giving the state the sole authority to set the minimum wage conflicts with a measure Arizona voters approved in 2006. Proposition 202 stated cities and towns may regulate minimum wages and benefits within its geographic boundaries as long as the wage was not lower than that set by the state. In 2013, another law was passed stating the regulation of employee benefits is of statewide concern and may not be regulated by cities, towns or local governments. NFIB State Director Farrell Quinlan argued that there could be a significant cost if cities are allowed to set their own minimum wages. "Many employers operate in multiple jurisdictions. Having a patchwork of different employment laws is a real impediment to successful economic development," Farrell said. "It would make it really hard for Arizona to be attractive to out-of-state e

Colorado NFIB hails ruling on slip-and-fall case | Denver Business Journal

Date: April 15, 2015

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled in favor of small businesses yesterday in a “slip and fall case,” according to the Denver Business Journal. A woman tripped on an uneven sidewalk and was injured outside of a commercial building. She settled a claim with the property owner, but sued the largest tenant in the building. She argued that the tenant failed to exercise reasonable care to protect against a danger of which it knew or should have known, as outlined in the state's Premises Liability Act. Tony Gagliardi, NFIB state director, said, “Had the court ruled in favor of the plaintiff, it would have made the state a quick-buck haven for hyper-imaginative lawyers and litigants…Frivolous lawsuits are a fear every day to a small business owner when he unlocks the doors.”

Capitol Views: Cool reaction from business to Jindal speech | Baton Rouge Business Report

Date: April 15, 2015

Governor Bobby Jindal gave his final opening address for the state’s legislative session and according to the Baton Rouge Business Report, he received a cool reaction from the business community. Dawn Starns, NFIB state director, was particularly concerned with the Governor’s plan to reverse the refundable tax credits. Dawn said that reversing the refundable tax credits, specifically the inventory tax credit, would have a negative effect on businesses. “All of a sudden the governor wants to balance the budget on the back of business and he’s calling it corporate welfare,” Dawn said. “That is a change in tone. Was it corporate welfare when he was investing in these mega-projects and investing money in companies to get them to move here?”

Assembly session ends in acrimony over budget | Baltimore Sun

Date: April 15, 2015

The “bipartisan” tone that was set in January when Governor Hogan took office was not present last night as the legislative session ended in a standoff between Republican Governor Hogan and the Democratic Legislature. The Baltimore Sun reported that the Legislature approved a budget that includes less funding than Hogan asked for and did not trim the state’s budget deficit as much as the Governor wanted. As a result, Hogan said he would refuse to spend money the Legislature earmarked for full funding of the most expensive school districts, preserving state employee pay raises and several health care initiatives. NFIB State Director Jessica Cooper was pleased with the Governor’s tenor. "Because of the governor's leadership, small business has a security about knowing we didn't have to an increase in taxes," Jessica said.

@NFIB on Twitter: "Does your #smallbiz reduce, reuse & recycle?"

Date: April 15, 2015

Gillibrand leave bill could change workaday life | Times Union

Date: April 15, 2015

US Senator from New York, Kristen Gillibrand, introduced the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act in the Senate last month for the second time. According to the Times Union, Gillibrand’s bill would set up a fund within Social Security for paid leave which employers and employees would contribute to. NFIB Media and Communications Director Jack Mozloom told the Times Union that small business owners generally do not get paid until the job is done, and shouldering the extra burden of workers not there puts a dent in profitability. "When business owners say they can't afford it, I don't think they're lying," Jack said.

A Disruptive Practice: Lawmakers Consider Direct Payments To Primary Care Doctors | WFSU

Date: April 15, 2015

Both the House and Senate are considering bills to implement Direct Primary Care, which would kick traditional health insurance to the curb in Florida. The bills would allow individuals and employers to enter into direct primary care contracts with doctors, eliminating dealing with the insurance companies. The arrangements would give doctors the ability to charge a set fee in exchange for primary care services. According to WFSU News NFIB’s Tim Nungesser told a recent Senate panel that “Direct primary care is a disruptive innovation that breaks the mold." He said direct primary care also results in more money for the doctor because the middle man, the insurance company, is out of the picture. Businesses like the concept because they see it as a cost savings. Tim noted a key caveat – Direct patient care does not replace the need for insurance, but can work with it. “A direct primary care, coupled with a major medical policy, satisfied the employer mandate for ObamaCare," Tim said.

@NFIB on Twitter: "The @NLRB #ambush election rules are scheduled to go into effect on April 14"

Date: April 15, 2015

Pro-regulation groups hopeful about Schumer | TheHill

Date: April 15, 2015

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, who recently announced he would not be running for reelection, endorsed New York Senator Chuck Schumer to replace him as leader. During his time in the Senate, Schumer has taken a great interest in federal agencies making pro-regulatory groups hopeful for his succession. Schumer’s role will ultimately influence what the Obama administration is able to accomplish through regulations before the next president takes office. NFIB Vice President of Public Policy Amanda Austin told the Hill that we will not take a position on Schumer’s leadership until we know his agenda. “He’s a different leader, a different person than Reid, and he’s going to want to make his own mark,” Amanda said. “I think we have to give someone the benefit of the doubt before we take a position.”

Minimum Wage Explainer from a Small Business Perspecitve by Jack Mozloom | NewsmaxTV.com

Date: April 15, 2015

Jack Mozloom, NFIB media and communications director, did a live interview with News Max TV on what increasing the minimum wage will do for small businesses. Jack told Ed Berliner that our members support higher wages, but the real question becomes can they afford it. Not every business of every size has the means to pay their employees a mandated minimum wage. Jack cites that most research shows raising the minimum wage leads to less jobs for young and unskilled workers. He also reiterates the point that small business is not Walmart, Target, or McDonalds and cannot sustain the fiscal blows raising the minimum wage will incur.

 



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