2021 Small Business Challenges in the Montana Legislature

Date: February 19, 2021

Winning liability protection from unfair COVID lawsuits a top agenda item

The Montana Legislature convened for business on January 4 and is scheduled to adjourn on May 1. In that time, NFIB will be hard at work fighting for bills beneficial for small businesses and stopping harmful legislation. The following are its top agenda items.

Get Liability Protection from Unfair COVID Lawsuits

Suing a small-business owner for contracting the coronavirus that could have been contracted anywhere is unfair and wrong. Since Congress punted on coming up with a national standard of legal liability, states have had to scramble to come up with protections of their own. NFIB Montana is fighting to make sure the state has its own law holding small businesses at a safe distance.

Increase the Business Exemption

NFIB will fight to increase the business equipment exemption to $500,000 so that it is in line with the federal bill,
raising it from the current $100,000 in Montana.

Work with Montana Lawmakers to Cut Spending Before Raising Taxes

NFIB will always champion better money management in state government instead of simply collecting more revenue.

Fight Local-Option Taxing Powers to Local Governments

NFIB expects local-option taxing powers to be brought up at the next legislative session. We will oppose such
expansion of local government taxing authority.

Stop Raid on Worker’s Compensation Funds

NFIB is working to stop the state from raiding workers’ compensation funds, this time via lawsuit.

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