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Eye on NY: Cuomo gets big victory with $15 minimum wage for fast-food workers | AuburnPub.com

Date: July 27, 2015

It comes as no shock that last week a wage board, appointed by Governor Cuomo, recommended the minimum wage for fast-food workers should be set at $15 an hour. This is a pretty big victory for the Governor, especially after Senate Republicans shot down his attempts to raise the minimum wage during this year’s legislative session. The Auburn Pub reported that NFIB State Director Mike Durant called Governor Cuomo’s move a charade.

@NFIB on Twitter: "This #EPA rule is drowning #smallbiz in regulations. #savemyland"

Date: July 27, 2015

Meet The Teen and NFIB Scholarship Winner Who Pays For College With A Jewelry Business | Huffington Post

Date: July 27, 2015

The NFIB 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year LeiLei Secor continues to make news for her business which has continued as she attends the University of Virginia. Here she shares three tips for young people looking to start their own business.

Centennial teen headed to college with NFIB scholarship won for business she started at age 14 | Denver Business Journal

Date: July 27, 2015

The Young Entrepreneur’s Foundation gave out it’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Dan Danner Leadership Award. Dan Danner Award winner Asya Gonzalez will attend the University of Denver starting this fall. "Winning this scholarship from NFIB means that all my hard work has finally paid off, and it makes me feel like I am unstoppable. My experience of being an entrepreneur has taught me to become a sponge and learn from other professionals as often as possible. I have also gained the valuable skill of leadership and giving back to the community through peer-to-peer mentoring and inspiring other young endeavoring entrepreneurs to launch their passions.”

Surprise: NY business groups, unions differ on minimum wage hike for fast-food workers | AuburnPub.com

Date: July 27, 2015

“Perhaps the harshest comments against the hike” were from NFIB/New York State Director Mike Durant. He said the recommendations "set a disastrous course for future minimum wage discussions." He called the process led by the fast food wage board a "charade" and "The slate of offenses against the business community in this process range from the lack of true business representation to the insistence by the governor to embrace a movement which proved hostile to employers at every public hearing."

Minimum wage, maximum uncertainty | DesertDispatch.com

Date: July 27, 2015

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors also voted to raise the local minimum wage to $15 an hour. Uncertainty reigns for businesses and workers this move creates. The editorial cites NFIB research showing that even an increase in the statewide wage to just $10 would result in 68,000 jobs being lost — nearly two-thirds of those from small businesses — and a net loss of $5.7 billion to the state's economy. Certainly, a higher wage would have even greater effects.

DFL'ers Again Push for Expanded Sick Time, Family Leave | WDIO

Date: July 27, 2015

Though they are in the minority in the State House, Democrats are pushing legislation to create mandatory sick leave and family leave. WDIO ABC reported on the effort and mentioned that President Obama is pushing national legislation that is opposed by the NFIB.

NFIB Ohio on Twitter: "Ohio's Hart Main @ManCans2011 is the @NFIBYEF Entrepreneur of the Year! See his story here"

Date: July 27, 2015

Washington DC rankings of association effectiveness

Date: July 27, 2015

APCO ranks the effectiveness of the best industry associations. NFIB is ranked number one for grassroots effectiveness.

NFIB top for grassroots according to ‘Influencers’ poll of lobby groups | TheHill

Date: July 27, 2015

APCO, a consulting firm, ranked associations in a variety of categories and concluded that NFIB is tops in the grassroots category. That means that legislators listen to our members and respond.

Environmental groups join surge of lawsuits against EPA rule | KSL.com

Date: July 27, 2015

Environmental groups are suing the EPA saying that the new rule doesn’t go far enough. Attorneys from Stanford University and Lewis and Clark Law School filed the nonprofit organizations' challenge Wednesday in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. With groups filing conflicting claims, it makes it much more likely that the case will ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. Twice before, the Court has rejected EPA overreach on the Clean Water Act.

Upstate Impact of Wage Board Recommendation | TWC News

Date: July 27, 2015

In a completely unsurprising move, a Wage Board convened by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) yesterday declared that wages for fast food workers in New York City should be raised to $15 an hour by 2018 and statewide by 2012. While the State Secretary of Labor must decide whether to accept that recommendation, since he serves at the Governor’s discretion his decision seems pre-ordained. Time Warner Cable News Capital Region reported on the decision and talked with NFIB/New York State Director Mike Durant who said, “If they understood the pressure small businesses were in, they wouldn't be raising to $15 at any moment.” Durant also noted that, “Upstate New York is predominantly small business territory. When you start talking about dramatically increasing labor costs, in this instance labor costs, even if it's fast-food, that puts pressure on small businesses across the board.”

California Sportfishing Stimulus Act Has Bipartisan Support | Ukiah Daily

Date: July 27, 2015

In a rare act of bipartisan loosening of government rules, the California State Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water passed Senate Bill 345, the California Sportfishing Stimulus Act of 2015, by a vote of 8-0. The bill reforms fishing licenses in the state and is supported by the NFIB. Ken DeVore, NFIB/California Legislative Director, told the Ukiah Daily Journal, “California’s great outdoors and vast coastline, and thousands of lakes and streams attract anglers from all over the world, generating tax revenue and jobs for communities dependent on recreational anglers. Unless California’s extraordinary decline in fishing participation is addressed quickly, jobs and tourism dollars will be at risk.”

@NFIB on Twitter: ".@NFIB "judged as among the best at mobilizing a grassroots forces to influence policy," per latest poll (@thehill)"

Date: July 27, 2015

Waters of the US regulation could hurt small business | WV State Journal

Date: July 27, 2015

NFIB/West Virginia State Director Gil White on the damaging EPA waters of the U.S. rule. Small businesses could be hit hard: “Complying with the Clean Water Act has real costs. The average cost of a permit is $270,000. Clean Water Act violations can get much more expensive. Fines can be up to $37,500 a day. There really isn’t a small business out there that can afford these costs. Government agencies are required to think of the effects of their regulation on small businesses. But in this case, the agencies simply skipped that step. Without any real study they simply declared that small businesses would be unaffected.”

Donors support friends, foes in New York state Legislature | Times Union

Date: July 27, 2015

A major teachers union that spent millions of dollars trying to switch the State Senate from Republican to Democrat control donated $7,000 earlier this month to… Senate Republicans! NFIB/New York State Director Mike Durant told the Times Union that In Albany, there can be incentives to give gifts even to foes: "There are two seasons: a political season, and then a governing season. NYSUT's [the teachers’ union] issues were out front-and-center this year."

Health insurance reminder for small companies: You can't fight the tax man | Nashville Business Journal

Date: July 27, 2015

The IRS’s recently enforced order that companies have to stop reimbursing employees who purchase insurance on their own. Many small businesses may be continuing this practice unaware that they could face a big fine, $100 a day per employee. NFIB is supporting legislation that would overturn the rule.

@NFIB on Twitter: "150 @NFIB members head to Capitol Hill to discuss #smallbiz with their reps"

Date: July 27, 2015

Regulatory Reform Bill Could Be a Lifeline for Small Businesses | Commentary : Roll Call Opinion

Date: July 21, 2015

NFIB CEO Dan Danner joined Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), the Chairman of the Senate Small Business Committee, on an op-ed that runs in today’s Roll Call. They write about the need for federal regulatory reform that provides relief for small businesses: “Big corporations have the resources to look out for themselves. They employ a legion of lawyers, lobbyists and compliance specialists. Meanwhile, the common small-business owner is the CEO, the accountant, the head of human resources and the compliance specialist all in one.” One way to help would be to strengthen legislation that requires agencies to consider the impact of their actions on small businesses, the Regulatory Flexibility Act. Legislation introduced by Sen. Vitter would expand the law to cover more government agencies, make sure the agencies also consider the indirect costs of their actions, and would give the SBA Office of Advocacy a greater voice when it comes to agency compliance with the RFA.

DOL Claims SMBs May Still be Misclassifying Employees | SmallBizTrends

Date: July 21, 2015

Karen Harned, Executive Director of the NFIB Small Business Legal Center, noted that regulations of all forms have been expanding in the Obama administration: “Government regulations and red tape are one of the top concerns of our members. Most small business owners can’t count on regulatory compliance specialists and lawyers to help them keep up with all of the new federal regulations they must follow. With an average of 10 new regulations a day, small business owners are spending more time on paperwork and less time focusing on their business. That’s bad for their bottom line and for job growth nationwide.”

Riley: New rules could leave small businesses under water | Richmond Times-Dispatch

Date: July 21, 2015

NFIB/Virginia State Director Nicole Riley says: “Does rain collect on your property somewhere? Or perhaps do you have a pond? Does the dry streambed running through your lot hold water for part of the year? Well then, the federal government may have some studies for you to pay for and some permits for you to purchase.” The new rule could drag many more businesses into the morass of EPA Clean Water regulation: “We all want small businesses to grow and thrive. Small businesses employ half of all Americans, but it is regulations like this waters rule that make it hard for more people to find a job.”

NFIB files lawsuit against EPA’s water regulation rules | KMZU

Date: July 21, 2015

NFIB Senior Staff Attorney Luke Wake explained how the WOTUS rule could take away the right to develop private property: “If you own property that is swept into this rule, for one, it’s going to mean that, as a practical matter, there is almost nothing you can do with it. Your land is essentially forced into being a nature reserve, for lack of a better way of putting it.”

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo advisory panel is dominated by union leaders, not business leaders | Albany Business Review

Date: July 21, 2015

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has packed an advisory committee that will make critical recommendations in industries from construction and trucking to retail and home health care with union allies. NFIB/New York State Director Mike Durant told the Albany Business Review that the move is “eyebrow raising.” He notes that "there's not a broad business organization represented there. Protecting workers is important. No one is going to dispute that. I think that a lot of times things like this can have unintended consequences for business owners."

@NFIB on Twitter: "Did you know the Obama admin has over 3k regs in the pipeline? This is why we need #regulation reform: http://t.co/GCCHAkKSLP (@rollcall)"

Date: July 27, 2015

EPA’s water rule would affect even imaginary rivers | News OK

Date: July 20, 2015

. The NFIB’s lawsuit against the EPA and Army Corps over their waters of the U.S. rule has been filed in federal court in Tulsa, Oklahoma. One of the state’s leading papers, The Oklahoman, wrote a blistering editorial against the rule and in support of the suit. The editorial board points out that the new rule would allow bureaucrats to declare a tributary to be “waters of the U.S.” by simply using computer software. In fact, streams that are very rarely wet at all could be swept into the rule if they exhibit certain signs. They write: “Citizens shouldn’t face punitive financial penalties for ‘water’ violations on dry land. Let’s hope the courts knock down this rule and force the EPA to face reality as it exists, not as bureaucrats envision it while sitting at a computer screen.”

Kentucky wins a battle, but War on Coal ongoing | Courier Journal

Date: July 20, 2015

NFIB/Kentucky State Director Tom Underwood says that the state has won a battle at the Supreme Court but that the War on Coal is far from over. Michigan v. EPA went against the government with a narrow 5-4 majority declaring that the agency failed to properly assess the costs and benefits of regulations on power plants. Underwood writes that small businesses are especially hard hit by rules that drive up electric rates: “Higher energy costs would hurt everyone, but they would be especially harmful to small businesses. According to the NFIB Research Foundation’s 2012 Small Business Problems and Priorities survey, the cost of electricity was ranked number 12 out of 75 issues, ahead of other major problems like cash flow and poor earnings.” He concludes: “In order to create an environment that supports families and small businesses and helps create jobs, this Obama administration needs to expand our energy options, not limit them. If the administration is allowed to impose these drastic n

Nevada may see more solar plants as price tag drops | Las Vegas Review-Journal

Date: July 20, 2015

The state public electric utility is considering building additional solar generation facilities even as major casinos in Las Vegas may be getting their power elsewhere. NFIB/Nevada State Director Randi Thompson expressed concerns to the Review-Journal since small businesses can’t switch their service: "We don‘t have the luxury to petition the PUC to leave the grid, so who is going to be left holding the bag? We want the PUC to hear what the ramifications are for those small businesses that have created thousands of new jobs."

@NFIB on Twitter: "What you need to know about life #insurance as a #SmallBusiness employer"

Date: July 20, 2015

Silence is golden for backers of tax plan | TheHill

Date: July 20, 2015

In the ongoing battle for fair and effective tax reform, the Hill showed just how influential NFIB is over at the Capitol. Lawmakers in Washington are eyeing a deal that would revamp America’s international tax structure to help fund a long-term highway bill. According to the article, Republican backers of the deal should count their blessings as NFIB has not publically commented on the outlined plan. NFIB has been pressuring lawmakers all year to restructure the current tax code, which favors corporate rate payers. The President and Congressional Democrats have expressed no interest in reducing the top rate for individual filers, only corporate, and Republican lawmakers are insisting that effective tax rate parity will not happen until a Republican is in the White House. NFIB has not commented on legislation that rewrites international rules for U.S. multinational companies released last week, but a spokesmen did tell the Hill that we have reserved the right to weigh in later on,

Unions, businesses launch effort to flood Labor Dept. with mail on overtime rule | Washington Examiner

Date: July 20, 2015

Business groups and labor groups alike are encouraging their members to weigh in on the Obama Administrations newest set of regulations hoping to sway the final outcome of the rule. The Department of Labor recently proposed a rewrite to the overtime threshold, increasing it from $23,660 to $50,440. Federal agencies are supposed to take input from "interested parties" into account before finalizing a rule and NFIB Small Business Legal Center Executive Director Karen Harned told the Washington Examiner, "We are definitely encouraging our members to weigh in."

Creighton High School grad's farm business wins her a scholarship for young entrepreneurs | Omaha.com: Money

Date: July 20, 2015

Incoming college freshman Emily Sorensen will be flying to D.C. next week as one of NFIB’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalists. Emily grew up helping her parent’s on their farm. With encouragement and help from her father, about four years ago Emily began renting land and turned her “chores” into a full-fledged business she calls Sorensen Farms.

@NFIB on Twitter: "Find out where the #Election2016 candidates stand on #smallbiz issues"

Date: July 20, 2015

Employees vs. Independent Contractors: U.S. Weighs In on Debate Over How to Classify Workers | WSJ

Date: July 20, 2015

So-called employee misclassification is President Obama’s newest battle in his war against small business. Yesterday, the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division Administrator set out to address how to classify employees and independent contractors. The 15-page memo seeks to define an employee much broader than what some employers believe and what some courts have already ruled. According to the Wall Street Journal, business leaders are concerned the government is discouraging employers from hiring independent contractors and these new “guidelines” are yet another gateway for government overreach from this administration. “The guidance is going to make it harder to classify workers as independent contractors,” said Beth Milito, NFIB senior executive counsel. The Business community feels the agency’s insight on Wednesday revealed a one-sided interpretation of the law that will penalize employers’ legitimate use of independent contractors.

Work with lawmakers, Gov. Wolf, says PA Small Business Owner and NFIB Mmeber | TribLIVE

Date: July 20, 2015

Chairman of the PA Leadership Council David Cranston Jr. wrote a letter to the editor of Trib Live to express his frustration with Governor Wolf’s refusal to work with lawmakers to resolve the current budget gridlock. Cranston tells readers that Governor Wolf has pushed Pennsylvania weeks past the constitutional budget deadline and he is causing a real threat to the financial to the survival of small businesses that contract with the state, as they go unpaid. “I am not in favor of Wolf's proposal to enact the largest tax increase in the history of our state because I know his plan will really hurt small businesses and most Pennsylvanians. But I would like to see the governor take a sensible path and work with lawmakers to solve these pressing issues. There is no integrity in playing a game for months with the budget when all of us Pennsylvanians are the pawns.”

Small-business optimism plunges in June | The Washington Post

Date: July 20, 2015

The National Federation of Independent Business’s monthly small-business optimism index plunged 4.2 points to 94.1, the lowest point of the year so far. Small-business owners said they planned to spend less and had weak expectations for sales and business conditions, according to the report, which surveys more than 600 small businesses across the country.

@NFIB on Twitter: "The Pros & Cons of having #summer hours at your #smallbiz"

Date: July 20, 2015

Hillary and Jeb on the struggling American worker | CNBC

Date: July 20, 2015

“While this is not a recession signal, it is a clear sign that economic growth on Main Street is not set for a strong second half,” said NFIB economist Bill Dunkelberg. CNBC’s Kate Rogers reported that NFIB’s report came a day after Democratic presidential frontrunner Hilary Clinton unveiled her economic plan if she were to become president.

Business groups urge AG to sue EPA, too | Knox Blogs

Date: July 20, 2015

“The EPA’s radical rule and ongoing power grab of states’ and individual rights must be stopped,” said Jim Brown, NFIB/Tennessee State Director. “Our coalition is encouraging General Slatery to join forces with other states because Tennessee shares a keen interest in stopping the EPA’s dramatic overreach before it wreaks havoc on jobs, business operations, and unsuspecting taxpayers and consumers.”

The Durango Herald 07/14/2015 | Panel hears effort to loosen gas exports

Date: July 20, 2015

NFIB State Director Tony Gagliardi tells the Durango Herald that small businesses are questioning whether easing the rules on LNG exporting would lower gas availability and increase prices. “If increasing exports lowers the supply, that would raise domestic costs, and we would oppose that,” Tony said.

Legislative fix likely for budget error that raises business tax | The Columbus Dispatch

Date: July 20, 2015

Chris Ferruso, NFIB/Ohio legislative director, said the fix appears to be simple — although the Tax Department warns that tax-related changes are rarely easy. “We’ve had discussion with a couple of lawmakers, and once we’ve had an opportunity to talk to leadership in both chambers, we’ll hopefully get this resolved,” he said. “The nice thing is, there’s time.”

@NFIB on Twitter: "The summer's not looking so hot for #smallbiz"

Date: July 20, 2015

Small Business Confidence Falls The Most Since 2012 | Investors.com

Date: July 20, 2015

Small business optimism dropped in June | | Dallas Morning News

Date: July 20, 2015

NFIB's small business index tumbles, thanks to weak profits and low expectations for economy, sales - The Business Journals

Date: July 20, 2015

“While it is not a disaster or a signal of a looming recession, it is a disappointing sign that economic growth on Main Street is not set for a strong second half of growth,” said NFIB Chief Economist Bill Dunkelberg. “The weakness was substantial across the board, showing no signs of a growth spurt in the near future.”

NFIB on Twitter: "June’s #smallbusiness optimism saw the most significant decline since Nov. 2012"

Date: July 20, 2015

House Republicans consider next Obamacare move | Washington Examiner

Date: July 20, 2015

In case you do not know, the IRS is now penalizing small businesses for helping to pay workers’ health expenses through tax-free health reimbursement accounts (HRA) instead of providing insurance plans directly. Opponents argue that the fines will cripple small businesses who cannot afford to provide health insurance in the first place and now a bill reversing the steep penalty may be emerging. "There is a lot of momentum around this," said NFIB Policy Director Kevin Kuhlman. "This is the biggest penalty no one has heard of, but now that [members are] becoming more aware of it, they're freaking out.

Healthcare Ruling Puts Small Business at Risk | Businessweek

Date: July 20, 2015

NFIB Policy Director Kevin Kuhlman told Bloomberg Business that, "It's hard to believe Congress or the President intended to punish employers much more severely for actually helping their workers. Nevertheless, that's the consequence, and most small businesses don't know it."

The imperial arrogance of EPA needs to be checked | Farm and Ranch Guide

Date: July 20, 2015

NFIB/North Dakota state director RaeAnn Kelsh applauded Sens. Heitkamp and Hoeven and told readers the rule of law in Washington, D.C. needs to be restored with this legislation.

The Washington State Economy Continues to Grow, But at a Weak Rate | Washington and Puget Sound Business News Source | Seattle Business Magazine

Date: July 20, 2015

NFIB Chief Economist Bill Dunkelberg said he sees housing starts at the national level are finally starting to recover. Bill projects housing starts this year will reach 900,000, up 50 percent from what they were in 2008.

@NFIB on Twitter: "Does this #Obamacare penalty affect your #smallbusiness? Better check"

Date: July 20, 2015

Bills To Cancel Obamacare Small Business Tax Threat

Date: July 20, 2015

NFIB Director of Legislative Affairs Kevin Kuhlman says the fines are “enough to destroy most small businesses. If there's an opportunity for a bipartisan improvement toward affordable healthcare, this has to be it. There's no real justification for penalizing small businesses that do what the law's strongest supporters claim to want, which is to help employees obtain coverage or pay medical bills. This is a rigid and thoughtless bureaucratic rule that undermines the purpose of the law, and it ought to be repealed immediately.”

Water and the rule of law | The Grand Island Independent: Another Opinion

Date: July 20, 2015

NFIB/Nebraska State Director Bob Hallstrom: “Granting the EPA unfettered power over nearly every drop of water that falls from the sky might sell well in the urban areas along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, but Nebraskans have a better knowledge and longer experience in dealing with the EPA, being, as we are, a net-provider-of-commodities state, not a constantly taking one.”

@NFIB on Twitter: "Latest poll says consumers trust #smallbiz more than big business"

Date: July 20, 2015

New Overtime Rule Has Business Groups Declaring Overreach | TalkBusiness.net

Date: July 20, 2015

On Friday, the year-old advocacy group that includes a number of business and industry trade associations such as the National Restaurant Association, Americans for Prosperity and National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), said the Labor Department’s robust June jobs report was overshadowed by the troubling first quarter report on U.S. productivity growth.

Prevailing Wage Reform Added To Budget | MacIver Institute

Date: July 20, 2015

NFIB/Wisconsin State Director Bill Smith said, "This proposal will save tax dollars, reduce our states bureaucracy and allow local governments to further stretch their revenue. Additionally, it will make the state more competitive and open the door for small businesses to participate in local projects."

@NFIB on Twitter: ".@NFIB says #ACA penalty is “the biggest penalty that no one is talking about" in @Newsmax_Media"

Date: July 20, 2015

Boustany's Bill Promising Greater Individual Healthcare Choices Spotlighted | YouTube

Date: July 20, 2015

The NFIB’s fight against a new Obamacare penalty aimed at small business owners helping their employees purchase insurance is getting a lot of notice. NFIB Director of Legislative Affairs Kevin Kuhlman appeared on Fox Business to talk about the harmful IRS regulation now being applied

Small Biz Could Face Massive IRS Fines for Helping Workers With Health Costs: Report

Date: July 20, 2015

NFIB's Kevin Kuhlman said: “It’s hard to believe Congress or the President intended to punish employers much more severely for actually helping their workers. Nevertheless, that’s the consequence and most small businesses don’t know it.”

Washington Journal Roundtable Planned Changes | Video | C-SPAN.org

Date: July 20, 2015

NFIB Senior Executive Counsel Beth Milito went on C-SPAN going toe-to-toe with the director of the liberal National Employment Law Project. The Washington Journal Roundtable featured questions from callers on how the newly raised overtime threshold could affect workers and businesses.

Second-Year Student Runs a $100K Jewelry Empire | UVA Today

Date: July 20, 2015

2014 Young Entrepreneur Foundation Young Entrepreneur of the Year LeiLei Secor discussed her business with the University of Virginia paper, the school she now attends.

 



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