NFIB's Top Legislative Priorities for Alaska Small Businesses

Date: January 18, 2022

Lawmakers are back in session and they need to hear your story!

 Small business owners like you amplify the voice of NFIB here in Alaska by telling your story on how lawmakers’ decisions impact your bottom line. 

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There is no doubt 2021 was filled with angst and uncertainty for small business in Alaska and around the country.  Small business is still recovering from the unprecedented health and economic crisis of 2020, not to mention battling ongoing federal government mandates and proposed tax increases. Sky-rocketing costs of goods and servicessupply chain disruptions and record Inflation are proving to be consequences that aren’t going away anytime soon.

 

 

According to NFIB’s most recent survey of how small business owners are continuing to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the recent increase in COVID-19 cases has negatively impacted about two-thirds of small business owners, nearly half (47%) reported supply chains had a significant impact on their business, and 23% of small employers are currently experiencing a significant staffing shortage.

 

 

“Many Alaska small businesses have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic and then doubly hit by the recent surge,” said Thor Stacey, NFIB State Director in Alaska. “However, lawmakers should know that there are a few simple things they can do to help our hard-working and job creating entrepreneurs heal from this pandemic. By putting some of the massive federal funding the state received into the ravaged Unemployment Insurance trust fund, lawmakers can ensure that our small business owners will avoid another hit to their bottom line in the form of tax increases. In addition, monitoring broadband infrastructure and supporting measures to increase the number of workers available to our small business owners would go a long way not only to help the survival of Alaska mom and pop shops, but booster the entire state’s economy.”

 

 

These challenges have created an unprecedented workforce shortage and a continued financial burden for small business around the country and in Alaska.

 

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