Small Business Reacts to Senate Passage of SB 562 (Lara)

Date: June 01, 2017

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Small Business Reacts to Senate Passage of SB 562 (Lara)
Government takeover of health care would spike costs and devastate small business

SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 1, 2017 – Following the Senate passage of SB 562 (Lara), NFIB California State Executive Director Tom Scott issued the following statement on behalf of our 22,000 dues-paying small business members:

“For the last several years, small business owners have consistently ranked the rising cost of health care, regulations, and high taxes as their top concerns. SB 562 creates an enormous bureaucracy which would add unbearable costs on struggling small business owners, at a time when the state is already burdening them with higher minimum wage costs and drastic gas tax increases.

“Do we really have faith in government to manage and deliver a complex health care system to our nearly 40 million residents? This state has mismanaged public employee pension funds, resulting in a half-trillion-dollar unfunded taxpayer liability. This state has mismanaged billions in gas tax dollars, resulting in crumbling roads and even higher taxes. This state can’t even build a bridge under budget, or maintain a critical dam.

“The annual $400-500 billion price tag on SB 562 is more than three times our state general fund, and can only be funded through steep tax increases on struggling small businesses and working families. This bill will kill jobs, hurt working families, and make health care more expensive for all.”

Please click here to read our opposition letter dated April 13, 2017.


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