Small Business Reacts to Governor Brown's Budget Announcement

Date: January 10, 2018

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Budget offers record-setting $190 billion in spending, no relief for small business owners

National Federation of Independent Business/California
Contact: Shawn Lewis (916) 342-9315; [email protected]
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Small Business Reacts to Governor Brown’s Budget Announcement
Budget offers record-setting $190 billion in spending, no relief for small business owners

SACRAMENTO, Calif., January 10, 2018 – Following Governor Jerry Brown announcing his 2018-19 state budget proposal, NFIB California Policy & Communications Director Shawn Lewis issued the following statement on behalf of our 22,000 dues-paying small business members:

“Today, Governor Brown proposed a record-setting $190 billion budget while offering no reforms or relief for small business owners. While we applaud the Governor for investing additional dollars into our rainy-day fund, much more can be done immediately to support struggling small businesses and the working families who operate them.

“Although Governor Brown dismisses higher state tax revenues as a result of federal tax reform as a ‘short cocaine high,’ California should instead embrace tax cuts for small business owners and all Californians. Distractions such as SALT workarounds and charitable contributions are gimmicks, not solutions.

“The $4.7 billion surplus proves we can afford to return more tax dollars to hard-working Californians rather than defend a regressive gas tax increase while setting new state budget spending records.”


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