Vermont Small Business Victories


  • Defeated a 55% increase in the Employer Assessment Defeated a 55% increase in the Employer Assessment The EA was first imposed to fund subsidies for Catamount Health (CHP), which was eventually repealed, lawmakers used some of the $18 million raised via the EA to “fill the $3M budget gap”.

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  • Defeated $90 Million Payroll Tax Defeated $90 Million Payroll Tax The Governor proposed a plan that would have implemented a .7% payroll tax on employers to fund increased payments to health care providers.

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  • Unionization of Childcare Workers Unionization of Childcare Workers NFIB vigorously opposed legislation in 2014 that would require child care workers to join a union and pay dues in order to obtain state subsidies for their clients; unnecessarily increasing the costs for these small business owners.

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  • Phased-in Minimum Wage Increase Phased-in Minimum Wage Increase Vermont law provided for automatic minimum wage increases every year since 2007, the House passed legislation that would have increased the minimum wage to $10.10 effective January 2015. But throughout months of debate, we were successful in phasing in the increase over four years (Effective 2015 to $9.15, in 2016 to $9.60, in 2017 to $10.00 and in 2018 to $10.50.

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