NFIB California in the News 2019-2020

Date: December 31, 2020

Spreading the small-business message throughout the state and across the nation

The following sample of stories about NFIB’s small-business agenda span the years 2019 and 2020, coinciding with the two-year session of the California State Legislature. They are listed from the last clip in 2020 to the first in 2019. A separate NFIB California in the News story for 2021 will shortly be posted on the www.nfib.com/CA webpage.
2020
  • The Northern California Record, December 28—Karen Harned, executive director of NFIB’s Small Business Legal Center, discusses NFIB’s lawsuit against Cal/OSHA. “We believe the Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) were illegally promulgated and are asking the court to make that finding and require California OSHA to stop enforcing them against California businesses.”
  • Southern California Record, December 21—NFIB California Leadership Council member Ann Kinnear discusses the struggles small-business owners are facing during the COVID crisis. “We’re at about 40% now of what a normal year would look like and that still isn’t enough for me to feel comfortable taking payroll. I’m hoping that changes next month. We’ll see.”
  • ABC News10, Sacramento, December 18—More coverage on NFIB/California’s lawsuit against Cal/OSHA. Karen Harned, executive director of NFIB’s Small Business Legal Center, tells the local affiliate about the necessity of bringing the lawsuit.
  • The Epoch Times, December 7—“There’s a better way to do this,” State Director John Kabateck tells the national publication about Gov. Gavin Newsom’s regional business shutdowns if ICU availability falls below 15 percent. “The swift closure of businesses in all parts of the state is irrational, devastating, and unnecessary.”
  • Northern California Record, December 7—State Director John Kabateck informs the online news site that “Congress needs to act now to produce more federal funding streams so that these businesses are not being forced to close their doors because they can’t make payments. There needs to be a pathway to recovery.”
  • Reason, December 4—The Libertarian magazine quotes NFIB California on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s latest stay at home order.
  • KQED-FM, NPR, San Francisco, December 2—What will happen if another shutdown is ordered? State Director John Kabateck says, “Our economy will crumble. People will be out of jobs and we will see more devastation before 2021 even arrives.”
  • The Epoch Times, December 2—State Director John Kabateck says California’s new COVID workplace presumption law is burdensome. “My point is, it’s an incredibly unreasonable, if not impossible, expectation for small employers to prove that the [COVID-19-related illness] of their employee did not happen within their workplace. And that’s a horrible burden to place on already fragile and uncertain job creators in our state.”
  • Facebook, The Special Report with Areva Martin, December 2—State Director John Kabateck discusses the small-business climate with other guests for the national Facebook show. Kabateck’s segment starts at the 11:55-minute mark and ends at the 37:39-minute mark.
  • KCRA-TV NBC 3, Sacramento, November 25-28—State Director John Kabateck appeared on the station’s news shows a half-dozen times from November 25-28, promoting the importance of shopping small on Small Business Saturday.
  • Los Angeles Times, November 24—NFIB comments on the question of whether small businesses can survive another COVID-19 surge without more financial help. The story also ran in the Daily Republic and a dozen other in-state and out-of-state media.
  • Citizens Journal, November 26—NFIB news release calling on Californians to shop from their local merchants on Small Business Saturday published by online news site.
  • Fox&Hounds, November 18—NFIB news release announcing its latest podcast on two new laws taking effect January 1 published by the influential political blog. The news release was also published in the Citizens Journal, the online news site for Ventura County.
  • The Business Journal (Fresno), November 17—Blogger Gordon Webster, Jr. writes about two new laws taking effect January 1 that will hugely impact small-business owners and borrows from NFIB’s webpage story about its podcast discussing them.
  • Southern California Record, November 17—State Director John Kabateck interviewed about the election results and latest NFIB SBET report.
  • The Epoch Times, November 16—The stifling effect regulations are having on California small businesses is the subject of an interview with State Director John Kabateck.

  • Associated Press, November 14—Commenting on the success rate of local ballot measures over those of state initiatives, the AP quotes California State Director John Kabateck for a story published in 70 media outlets throughout California and the nation. 
  • Fox&Hounds, November 11—California lawmakers failed in 2020 to protect small businesses and others against lawsuit abuse, charges State Director John Kabateck in a guest editorial on the political blog.
  • The Epoch Times, November 9—Story on Prop. 15, the split-roll property tax initiative, currently failing included State Director John Kabateck quote from NFIB news release. “Small businesses throughout California are happy to see the ‘No’ vote on Proposition 15 holding a narrow lead, but they will watch to see if it will stick. It’s a direct dollars-and-cents issue for them because they are certain to be hit with largest property tax increase in California history at the worst possible time should it pass. This is the most important election result for small businesses of any.” Story also ran in the Citizens Journal, the online news site for Ventura County.
  • KRLA 870 AM Radio, November 9—State Director John Kabateck gives a 13-minute interview on the election to Larry Marino, host of Sunday Morning Newsmaker. The Glendale-based station is in the heart of the Los Angeles media market.
  • Forbes, November 6—State Director John Kabateck gives one reason why Californians rejected Proposition 15, which would have enacted a split-roll property tax that would have raised taxes on businesses.
  • Fox&Hounds, November 5—Political blog runs NFIB’s post-election comment news release.
  • Save Our Capitol, October 30—Cause group’s news release quoting California State Director John Kabateck gets published in 50 news sites across the nation. “As every Californian is being called upon to sacrifice in this unprecedented time, we are asking the governor and lawmakers to set aside this lavish project and focus on addressing the needs of struggling families and businesses. Replacing the current project with a design that is more fiscally responsible is unquestionably the right thing to do.”
  • The Epoch Times, October 25—State Director John Kabateck was interviewed for a half-hour on the national media’s California Insider show. Kabateck detailed the difficulties of doing business in the state and who is really calling the shots.
  • Citizens Journal, October 18—The online news site for Ventura County reports on NFIB’s endorsement of Rep. Kevin McCarthy for reelection with a quote from State Director John Kabateck.
  • KOGO-AM 600, San Diego, October 16—State Director John Kabateck tells listeners of The DeMaio Report why small business backing Proposition 25. Kabateck’s remarks begin at the 15:50-minute mark.

  • KEIB-AM 1150, Los Angeles, October 7—Kris Ankarlo, host of the station’s Propositioned Podcast, interviews State Director John Kabateck, who tells listeners that voters will see right through the “smoke and mirrors” Proposition 15 proponents are using to sell their initiative. Kabateck was one of six guests; his comments come at the 6:49, 11:21, 12:25, 15:15, 15:52, 22:50; 24:01; 24:39; and 29:53-minute marks.

  • Associated Press, October 3—NFIB California news release quoted in national Associated Press story on Andrew Yang’s role in the Proposition 24 ballot initiative.
  • The Citizens Journal, September 30—NFIB’s news release announcing its latest podcast published, in its entirety, on the Ventura County news website.
  • Citizens Journal, September 30—The online news source for Ventura County republishes NFIB’s news release showing nearly 90% of small business owners opposed to Prop. 21.
  • Northern California Record, September 29—NFIB’s disappointment in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signing of Senate Bill 1383 profiled in article.
  • Northern California Record, September 28—NFIB asked to comment on Governor Newsom’s signing of Senate Bill 1159 into law, which creates a rebuttable presumption that workers became infected with COVID 19 on the job if certain criteria are met, and includes outbreak protocol measures for any business with five or more workers.
  • Southern California Record, September 23—In two interviews for two separate stories for the same publication in the same edition, State Director John Kabateck discusses the manifest consequences of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signing of Senate Bill 1383 into law and the one bill signing he did right, “AB 1577 is one of only two bills that the legislature approved that we can think of that is actually a positive for small businesses.”
  • Forbes, September 22—Michael Bernick, policy and law contributor for the publication and a former director of the California Employment Development Department, interviews State Director John Kabateck about what it will take to rebuild the small business economy. The story also ran in the next day’s Fox&Hounds.
  • Lassen County Times, Sept. 19—NFIB’s opposition to SB 1383 highlighted in an article about Governor Newsom’s signing it into law.
  • John and Ken Show, KFI-AM News Radio, Los Angeles, September 18—State Director John Kabateck spent 6½ minutes on KFI Radio’s John and Ken Show explaining SB 1383. KFI is the most widely listened to station in the Los Angeles DMA and John and Ken average 741,000 weekly listeners. His interview begins at the 1:06:42 mark.
  • Southern California Record, Sept. 17—NFIB invited to give its opinion on the signing of Senate Bill 1447 into law, which offers tax breaks to small-business owners who hire people back.
  • Citizens Journal, Sept. 15—Online news site for Ventura County publishes NFIB news release about 94% of small-business owners opposed to Proposition 15.
  • Hews Media Group, Sept. 15—Coverage of NFIB’s opposition to Proposition 15 ran in community news group’s Commerce, Hawaii Gardens, and Los Cerritos websites.
  • Fox&Hounds, September 10—NFIB calls Governor Newsom’s signing of Senate Bill 1447, providing incentives to rehire, a step in the right direction.
  • Politico California, September 9—State Director John Kabateck calls the governor’s signing of SB 1447 and AB 1557 good for small business but wonders how other signed legislation could take some of that back.
  • Paso Robles Daily News, September 5—NFIB California PAC’s endorsement of Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham for reelection reported.
  • Forbes, August 31—More coverage of NFIB’s vocal opposition to Assembly Bill 3262.
  • Northern California Record, August 31—As the legislative session winds down, State Director John Kabateck discusses how California can make itself more attractive to small business.
  • Sacramento Business Journal, August 28—NFIB’s opposition to making small businesses liable for online purchases of faulty products made by manufacturers the subject of story on Assembly Bill 3262. NFIB’s pushback also covered in the Citizens Journal.
  • Orange County Breeze, August 21—NFIB California PAC’s endorsement of Sen. John Moorlach for reelection the subject of story.
  • Sacramento Business Journal, August 14—NFIB California’s news release noting the differences in Small Business Problems & Priorities ranking between the state and nation earns coverage.
  • CalMatters, August 6—NFIB member Lorraine Salazar, owner of three restaurants in the Fresno area, talks about having to furlough 120 of her 170 employees.
  • Southern California Record, August 4—NFIB blasts Gov. Gavin Newsom for passing up the opportunity to suspend a scheduled increase in the state’s minimum-wage rate.
  • The Epoch Times, July 30—State Director John Kabateck quoted in a story on low-income tax credits.
  • Associated Press, July 29—Gov. Gavin Newsom’s decision not to suspend a scheduled increase in the minimum-wage rate draws a sharp rebuke from NFIB.
  • Inland Empire Community News, July 28—State Director John Kabateck teams up with Assemblyman James Ramos to co-author an editorial calling for liability protection for small-business owners against COVID-19 lawsuits.
  • Northern California Record, July 27—NFIB contributes its thoughts in an article on liability protection for small-business owners.
  • Northern California Record, July 27—State Director John Kabateck argues that presumptions aren’t necessary in order for workers injured on the job to get workers’ compensation benefits.
  • The Epoch Times, July 22—NFIB member Denise Duncan comments on California having the highest number of permanent business closures in the nation.
  • KNX-AM, 1070 Newsradio, Motek on Money, July 14—Host Frank Motek and State Director John Kabateck discuss the pressing issues facing small business.
  • Desert Sun, July 8—One of NFIB’s bigger concerns was for small businesses that didn’t have longstanding or established relationships with banks when applying for a PPP loan, State Director John Kabateck told the Palm Springs daily.
  • Southern California Record, July 6—State Director John Kabateck comments on NFIB’s latest Jobs report.
  • Capitol Weekly, July 2—The importance of small business to the communities they’re in was the subject of a guest editorial by State Director John Kabateck, who uses Placerville as an example.
  • Northern California Record, June 26—The state’s idea to expand its workers’ compensation program drew some cautionary remarks from State Director John Kabateck.
  • Politico, June 26—In another Politico story about a bill that suddenly emerged to give small-business owners some liability protection from COVIS-19-related lawsuits, State Director John Kabateck called it a proposal with great promise.
  • The Sacramento Bee, June 25—Small businesses, consumers and communities had little time to talk about November’s privacy law ballot initiative, which State Director John Kabateck called irresponsible. Kabateck was also quoted by the San Francisco Chronicle.
  • Spectrum News 1, June 25—In a 10-minute video interview, State Director John Kabateck discusses business openings and improved sales with the host of Inside the Issues.
  • Fox&Hounds, June 24—State Director John Kabateck writes an editorial on the new privacy rules just issued by California’s attorney general.
  • Northern California Record, June 15—The latest results from NFIB’s Small Business Economic Trends report is covered by the online news site. Comment by State Director John Kabateck included.
  • Politico California, June 12—Coverage of the testimony State Director John Kabateck gave to the Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee about small businesses’ worries over the California Privacy Rights Act that is planned for the November ballot.
  • The Phil Cowan Show, AM 1380, Sacramento, June 11—State Director John Kabateck warns of the small-business perils in the California Privacy Rights Act. Kabateck’s 14-minute interview starts at the 1:34:58 mark
  • KOGO-AM 600 Newsradio, San Diego, June 8—In a four-minute interview, State Director John Kabateck tells listeners that small businesses have been put on the hook for COVID-19 workers’ compensation claims that can’t be proved if the virus was contracted at their places of business.
  • KNX Newsradio 1070, Los Angeles, June 5—In one of the most event-filled weeks of the past two months, State Director John Kabateck discusses state and federal effects on Main Street in a five-minute interview for listeners of the Mottek on Money Show. Kabateck’s interview starts at the 23:02 mark.
  • Northern California Record, June 3—State Director John Kabateck quoted on the need for greater flexibility in the Paycheck Protection Program. “Businesses vary like fingerprints – no two exactly alike – and the range of expense pressures calls for greater flexibility.”
  • Northern California Record, June 1—“We unfortunately anticipate the next tidal waves of problems to come from self-serving plaintiff’s attorneys looking to make a quick dollar shaking down mom-and-pops, so small businesses need to have some protection from frivolous lawsuits,” State Director John Kabateck tells the publication about the urgent need for liability reform.
  • Orange County Breeze, May 30—NFIB’s endorsement of Young Kim for Congress in the 39th District earned coverage.
  • Bloomberg, May 22—NFIB member Erin Arnold, owner of the Avid Reader bookstore in Davis, tells the media outlet her sales are only 25% of what they were before the coronavirus hit and she is doing five times the work as before.
  • Fox&Hounds, May 20—State Director John Kabateck pens a guest editorial calling on backers the California Privacy Rights Act to withdraw their ballot initiative.
  • Associated Press TV, May 18—NFIB California State Director John Kabateck comments on more businesses reopening and the PPP loan flow for segment sent to AP’s national clients.

  • Los Angeles Times, May 16—NFIB survey data cited in a story about small-business survivability
  • Northern California Record, May 15—State Director John Kabateck comments on the presumption clause in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive order on workers’ compensation.
  • KNX Newsradio 1070, Los Angeles, May 13—Questions ranging from when businesses can reopen to PPP loan forgiveness were asked of State Director John Kabateck.

  • Sacramento Bee, May 13—NFIB news release quoting Chief Economist William Dunkelberg and State Director John Kabateck about small-business included in paper’s Morning Alert.
  • KCRA-TV, Sacramento, May 12—Making unemployment benefits more lucrative than returning to work is a perverse incentive, said State Director John Kabateck for this news segment.
  • The Epoch Times, May 12—State Director John Kabateck says ballot initiative aimed at further burdening businesses with data privacy regulations is coming at the worst possible times.
  • Northern California Record, May 11—NFIB asked to comment for a story on new, state safety protocols for reopening.
  • Marketplace, May 8—“Too much of this money was going out to businesses that needed it less,” State Director John Kabateck told the NPR show about the first round of Paycheck Protection Program loans.
  • Los Angeles Times, May 8—State Director John Kabateck comments for a story about Gov. Gavin Newsom’s rules for reopening businesses.
  • NewsRadio KFBK, Sacramento, May 8—State Director John Kabateck informs the station about NFIB’s lobbying efforts on FPP loans and lawsuit abuse.
  • Politico, May 8—Liability is a top goal of NFIB’s state and national agenda, State Director John Kabateck tells the news site.
  • Marketplace, May 7—Luke Wake, Sacramento-based staff attorney for NFIB’s Small Business Legal Center, talks about the forgivable part of Paycheck Protection Program loans with the NPR show.
  • Politico, May 7—NFIB Fed PAC’s endorsement of Mike Garcia for Congress in the 25th District included in California Playbook report.
  • Los Angeles Times, May 7—State Director John Kabateck comments on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive order making it easier to obtain workers’ compensation benefits. His quote also ran in CalMatters.
  • Northern California Record, May 1—Luke Wake, Sacramento-based staff attorney for the NFIB Small Business Legal Center, tells news website that the prospect of looming litigation will compound the daunting task of slow economic recovery.
  • KCRA-TV Sacramento, April 30—NFIB member Bill Estberg of Rancho Cordova tells the NBC affiliate about the struggles of trying to keep his business open. State Director John Kabateck also quoted.
  • Bloomberg News, April 27—Raising minimum-wage rates a time like this “forces small-business owners to draw from what they don’t have,” State Director John Kabateck tells the online news service for a story that also ran in The Washington Post and Yahoo News.
  • Northern California Record, April 23—State Director John Kabateck informs the publication that the last thing small-business owners need are attorneys trying to leverage the coronavirus crisis to “make a fast dollar.”
  • KCRA-TV, Sacramento, April 21—NFIB California comment on when Gov. Gavin Newsom might allow businesses to reopen and people to go back to work. Associated Press story ran in multiple outlets throughout California.
  • LAist, April 21—State Director John Kabateck calls it an outrage that publicly traded companies were asking for federal loans meant for small businesses.
  • KTVU-TV, Fox Bay Area, April 20—State Director John Kabateck tells viewers of the most-watched TV newscast in the Bay Area that half of all new PPP funding should go to businesses with 20 or fewer employees, not to the big chains that have muscled in.
  • Long Beach Business Journal, April 18—State Director John Kabateck tells the publication that time is not on the side of mom-and-pop businesses, who need money—now.
  • KTVU-TV, Fox Bay Area, April 16—On the day before the U.S. Small Business Administration announced funding for the EIDL and PPP loans, State Director John Kabateck comments on the need for both sides of the political divide to come together and come up with more funding.

  • The Epoch Times, April 13—Darrell Feil, owner of Abate-A-Weed and the leadership council chairman of NFIB California, tells the national newspaper that he is hiring for certain positions.
  • Capitol Weekly, April 7—Consumers need to do their part to fight the coronavirus by spending at a small business, State Director John Kabateck urges.
  • Los Angeles Times, April 6—NFIB joins a chorus of business groups calling on Gov. Gavin Newsom to delay next year’s minimum-wage increase, which State Director John Kabateck says could push small businesses one step further closure or layoffs.
  • The Epoch Times, April 6—Coverage of NFIB’s poll showing around half of its members don’t expect to survive after two months. Includes quote from State Director John Kabateck
  • Northern California Record, April 4—State Director John Kabateck quoted in an article about NFIB’s poll and the federal Paycheck Protection Loan Program.
  • NBC Bay Area, April 3—NFIB staff attorney Luke Wake comments on employees’ fears of losing their jobs if they do not report to work amid the pandemic. “You have to protect the health of your employees and your workforce and the public as a whole,” said Wake.
  • Associated Press, April 2—State Director John Kabateck quoted about Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive order allowing small-business owners to keep up to $50,000 in sales taxes they’ve collected for a year.
  • Northern California Record, March 31—NFIB staff attorney Luke Wake discusses the effect the coronavirus crisis is having on Assembly Bill 5, the state’s new independent contractor law.
  • The Sacramento Bee, March 31—In normal times, small-business owners would bend over backward not to take out a loan, State Director John Kabateck tells the newspaper, but now many have no choice.
  • Capitol Weekly Podcast, March 31—For their second KabaTalks podcast for Capitol Weekly, the brothers Kabateck, consumer attorney Brian, and NFIB’s John, discuss and debate the coronavirus’s effect on Assembly 5, the state’s independent contractor law.
  • Forum, KQED-FM, March 30—State Director John Kabateck participates in a panel discussion about how businesses are coping with the coronavirus crisis.
  • The Epoch Times, March 25—Holly Wade, NFIB’s director of research and policy analysis, and NFIB California State Director John Kabateck quoted in a story about NFIB’s recent poll on its members struggle with the coronavirus.
  • Southern California Record, March 24—NFIB poll on small-business owners’ struggle with the coronavirus a featured story.
  • Silicon Valley Business Journal, March 23—State Director John Kabateck comments on an NFIB poll showing the number of its members affected by the coronavirus.
  • Fox&Hounds, March 12—NFIB continues its call on the Legislature to exempt all business-to-business relationships in the state’s new independent contracting law, not just a few that were granted by Assembly Bill 5 last year.
  • Fox&Hounds, February 25—State Director John Kabateck commends Gov. Gavin Newsom for calling for the elimination of the Minimum Franchise Tax in his proposed state budget.
  • Northern California Record, February 21—NFIB senior staff attorney Luke Wake is quoted in a story about a report he co-authored for The Regulatory Transparency Project.
  • The Business Journal, February 13—NFIB quoted in an article about what passage of the California Schools and Local community Funding Act of 2020 would mean for small businesses.
  • Hoover Institution, Eureka Blog, February 12—In a 1,500-word guest editorial, State Director John Kabateck calls the State Supreme Court’s Dynamex decision and Assembly Bill 5 a made-in-California mess.
  • California Insider, February 11—Host Siyamak Khorrami interviews State Director John Kabateck for a half-hour on the issues of importance to California small businesses.

  • Real Clear Politics, January 29—In an opinion piece for the news website, NFIB Staff Attorney Luke Wake writes that mess Assembly Bill 5 made with independent contractors is now a contagion spreading across other states. His article also ran in the February 2 edition of California Political Review.
  • The Epoch Times, January 17—In a story about California’s new data privacy law, reporter Chris Karr quotes State Director John Kabateck as saying “the biggest problem for small and medium-sized businesses is the sheer lack of knowledge of what is required from them in 2020.”
  • Capitol Weekly Podcast, January 17—In another in a series of KabaTalks, State Director John Kabateck debates his brother, Brian Kabateck, former head of the Consumer Attorneys of California, about independent contractors, the Dynamex decision, and Assembly Bill 5.
  • California Globe, January 16—Reporter Katy Grimes interviews State Director John Kabateck about the many components of the California Consumer Privacy Act that most people are still unaware of.
  • The Phil Cowan Show, KTKZ-AM 1380, Sacramento, January 13—State Director John Kabateck briefs the host’s audience on how the California Consumer Privacy Act will affect them.

  • The Epoch Times, January 14—State Director John Kabateck calls Assembly Bill 5’s attempt to codify the State Supreme Court decision affecting independent contractors “a complete and utter disaster for small businesses.”
2019
  • The Epoch Times, December 24—The national daily newspaper quotes NFIB Senior Executive Counsel Elizabeth Milito on California being a particularly active place for filing frivolous lawsuits. “In California, attorneys have been known to rake in several million dollars a year fleecing small business owners.”
  • Citizens Journal, December 23—NFIB news release on a panel discussion about the California Consumer Privacy Act’s impact on small business gets coverage in Ventura County online news site.
  • Sacramento Business Journal, December 19—State Director John Kabateck talks about efforts to make the California Consumer Privacy Act easier for small businesses to comply with.
  • Bakersfield Californian, December 17—NFIB California Leadership Council Chairman Darrell Feil explains at a news conference why Prop. 13 protections are important to small-business owners such as him.
  • Northern California Record, December 12—State Director John Kabateck tells the publication the “tragic reality” is that a majority of small-business owners are still unaware and unprepared for the Jan. 1, 2020 start date of the California Consumer Privacy Act.
  • KNX-AM, December 1—State Director John Kabateck provides Los Angeles news radio station a quote on the importance of Small Business Saturday.
  • Comstock’s Magazine, December 1—NFIB ad on being ranked No. 1 by APCO Worldwide for achieving its policy goals.
  • KFBK-AM, November 30—The importance of Small Business Saturday is explained to listeners of Sacramento’s news radio station by State Director John Kabateck.
  • Long Beach Press-Telegram, November 27—State Director John Kabateck quoted in a story about the importance of shopping small on Small Business Saturday, especially in those areas trying to rebuild from devastating fires. The story also ran in November 28 edition of The Grunion.
  • San Francisco Chronicle, November 14—In a story about a ballot initiative for a split-roll property tax, in which all the Democratic candidates for governor support, NFIB is the only business association quoted in opposition.
  • CalWatchdog, November 12—NFIB’s efforts to have the California Consumer Privacy Act amended before it takes effect January 1, 2020, noted in the article.
  • Fox&Hounds, November 7—State Director John Kabateck pens a guest editorial on NFIB California’s 2020 legislative agenda for the online news site.
  • San Fernando Valley Business Journal, October 28—State Director John Kabateck’s guest editorial on what a bad idea extending the sales tax to services is published.
  • The Davis Enterprise, October 18—NFIB Leadership Council Member Alzada Knickerbocker is profiled by the daily newspaper for her years of service to the community and to small business.
  • Fox & Hounds, October 18—State Director John Kabateck pens an editorial informing readers why a proposed sales tax on services is a bad idea.
  • The Larry O’Connor Show, KABC 790 AM, October 16—NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan reminds listeners that small businesses weren’t included in the original Tax Cuts and Jobs Act until NFIB “put its foot down. You can’t do one without the other.” Now, the goal is to make permanent the small business tax cuts NFIB succeeded in having inserted into the TCJA, just like they were made permanent for Fortune 500 companies.
  • The Business Journal, October 14—NFIB joins a coalition to fight an effort to extend the sales tax to services.
  • Air Talk with Larry Mantle, KPCC 89.3 FM, October 2—State Director John Kabateck squares off against Sen. Rob Hertzberg, who is seeking to institute a sales tax on services.
  • SD Metro, September 25—NFIB’s teaming up with the California Taxpayers Association and California Chamber of Commerce to fight extending the sales tax to services mentioned in the article.
  • CalMatters, September 24—NFIB’s joining of a coalition to fight extending the sales tax to services covered in an article published by the online news site.
  • The Larry O’Connor Show, KABC 790 AM, September 13—At the 21-minute, 25-second mark of the show, State Director John Kabateck explains what legislative passage of Assembly Bill 5 means for small businesses and independent contractors.

  • KQED-FM, 88.5, San Francisco, September 12—Luke Wake, NFIB Small Business Legal Center staff attorney, explains the many flaws in Assembly Bill 5 for listeners of the station’s Forum Show, hosted by Michael Krasny. The Wake interview comes 18 minutes and 20 seconds into the show.
  • Santa Monica Daily Press, September 12—Associated Press’ statewide story on passage of Assembly Bill 5, with State Director John Kabateck’s quote.
  • Route Fifty, September 5—NFIB’s opposition to Assembly Bill 5 limiting the use of independent contractors included in a story in Atlantic Media’s niche news site on state and local governments.
  • The Larry O’Connor Show, KABC 790 AM, September 3—State Director John Kabateck informs listeners why small business is deeply involved in protecting Proposition 13. The NFIB segment starts at the 22:08-minute mark.

  • CalWatchdog.com, August 27—NFIB arguments on reforming the California Consumer Privacy Act included in an article.
  • Oregon Business Report, August 20—NFIB’s news release on the need to fix the California Consumer Privacy Act gets picked up in a surrounding state publication.
  • Northern California Record, August 19—Two more substances added to the Prop. 65 list could lead to an explosion of lawsuits warns NFIB staff counsel Luke Wake.
  • KRLA AM 870, August 18—State Director John Kabateck interviewed by Larry Marino for his Sunday Morning Newsmakers show. Kabateck provided listeners with the latest news from the California Legislature.
  • Northern California Record, August 15—Luke Wake, staff attorney for NFIB’s Small Business Legal Center, comments on a new study showing private rights of action cases benefit the attorney more than the plaintiff.
  • Fox&Hounds, August 14—State Director John Kabateck comments on the findings of NFIB’s latest Small Business Economic Trends report and the task ahead for the California Legislature.
  • CalMatters, August 12—Online news site publishes a guest commentary by State Director John Kabateck on the urgent need for the Legislature to fix the California Consumer Privacy Act before it takes effect, Jan. 1, 2020.
  • Long Beach Business Journal, August 12—NFIB California Policy Director Shawn Lewis calls the State Supreme Court’s Dynamex test unworkable for too many small businesses in a state as diverse as California.
  • Northern California Record, August 6—NFIB staff counsel Luke Wake tells the legal news site that Assembly Bill 51, which would ban arbitration in employment disputes, goes against a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
  • The Phil Cowan Show, 1380 AM—State Director John Kabateck interviewed about the Legislature’s return from summer vacation on August 12.
  • Northern California Record, July 28—Unless the Private Attorneys General Act is reformed, small-business owners will need to be forever on the lookout for frivolous lawsuits, NFIB counsel Luke Wake informs the legal publication.
  • Northern California Record, July 17—Sacramento-based NFIB Legal Center Staff Attorney Luke Wake is interviewed by the legal publication about environmental lawsuits brought by cities and about California’s cap-and-trade program.
  • Citizens Journal, July 15—In an article about the most important small-business lobbyists, writer Richard Eber refers to NFIB California State Director John Kabateck as one of the “heavyweights.”
  • Northern California Record, July 12—Sacramento-based NFIB Legal Center Staff Attorney Luke Wake comments about the “tenuous grounds and novel claims” of personal injury cases.
  • Fox&Hounds, July 12—Editor Joel Fox quotes NFIB California Policy Director Shawn Lewis for an article about the occupational exceptions being made in the Dynamex Bill, Assembly Bill 5.
  • Staffing Industry Analysts, July 11—The online news site for the staffing and workforce industry quotes State Director John Kabateck from an NFIB news release on Assembly Bill 5.
  • The Business Journal, June 25—NFIB State Director John Kabateck and NFIB Senior Attorney Luke Wake participate in a discussion hosted by Assemblyman Jim Patterson on the California Supreme Court’s Dynamex decision affecting independent contractors.
  • Fox&Hounds, June 12—NFIB news release commenting on the latest Small Business Economic Trends report runs in its entirety
  • California Political Review, May 17—Online news site publishes NFIB news release, Stopping of Senate Bill 561 Gives Small Business Sigh of Relief.
  • Capitol Weekly, May 14—State Director John Kabateck pens an editorial on the urgent need to legislatively refine the California Consumer Privacy Act before it takes effect in 2020.
  • San Francisco Chronicle, May 13—NFIB’s opposition to a bill banning paper receipts is published in the Open Forum section, It’s not about paper receipts; it’s about creating a digital trail.
  • Small Business Exchange, May 7—Online news site runs NFIB news release, Bad Start to Small Business Week.
  • Williams Pioneer, May 1—News story on Assemblyman James Gallagher’s Guardian of Small Business award presentation.
  • Hanford Sentinel, April 30—Coverage of NFIB’s presentation of a Guardian of Small Business Award to Assemblyman Rudy Salas.
  • Capitol Weekly, April 18—State Director John Kabateck’s guest editorial on last year’s California Supreme Court decision, Dynamex ruling sparks confusion, is published by industry newspaper.
  • Fox & Hounds, April 18—NFIB editorial, Internet Privacy Need Not Come at the Expense of Small Business, published by the online news site.
  • Appeal-Democrat, March 27—News story on Sen. Jim Nielsen’s winning an NFIB Small Business Guardian award.
  • Vista Press, March 21—Article on Sen. Patricia Bates receiving an NFIB Small Business Guardian award.
  • Daily Republic, February 1—Story puts four Solano County-area state legislators’ voting records to the test through NFIB’s scorecard. NFIB Leadership Council member Manuel Cosme and State Director John Kabateck quoted.
  • Capitol Weekly, January 14—Guest editorial by State Director John Kabateck, Small Businesses Key to California’s Economic Health, published.

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