NFIB California Main Street Minute

Date: October 26, 2020

For the legislative and political week October 26-October 30

Welcome to the October 26 edition of the NFIB California Main Street Minute from your small-business advocacy team in Sacramento.

  • The fourth in a series of NFIB California podcasts is now on the NFIB California webpage. On this one, Anthony Pugliese, president and chief executive officer of the California Society of CPAs, and NFIB California State Director John Kabateck discuss why extending the state’s sales tax to services is a bad idea fraught with unintended consequences. Listen to the 32-minute podcast here.
  • Kabateck also gave a half-hour interview to the California Insider show of The Epoch Times, a growing national media. Kabateck detailed the difficulties businesses face in the Golden State.
  • And check out John’s presentation to the Sacramento-area Greater Arden Chamber of Commerce on the ballot initiatives of particular interest to small businesses.
  • $1.6 billion. That’s how much California has borrowed from Uncle Sam just for October, as of last Thursday, to throw into the state’s unemployment insurance trust fund. The state has a $14.5 billion line of credit with the federal government to handle unemployment claims. You can see the number updated daily at this link. Think increased unemployment insurance taxes are on the way?
  • If your small business were in Idaho, it would not be facing increased UI taxes because its governor decided to use some CARES Act money to shore up his state’s UI trust fund so small businesses had one less worry. Check out A Tale of Two Governors in the Idaho Business Review, and wherever you see a reference to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, you can easily substitute California Gov. Gavin Newsom.
  • NFIB’s PAC endorsements:
    • Click here to see a list of NFIB CA PAC’s state legislative endorsements
    • Click here to see NFIB CA PAC’s endorsements of ballot initiatives
    • Click here to see NFIB FED PAC’s endorsements for Congress (member log-in required)
    • Click here to see every state legislator’s voting record on 12 issues taken during 2019-2020 session of the California State Legislature


  • Next NFIB webinar: PPP Forgiveness: Q&A on what you need to know to achieve forgiveness, Wednesday, October 28. Click here to register.
  • The next day, October 29, NFIB will launch its federal member ballot, which will ask questions related to liability protections, regulatory reform, “right to repair,” PPP forgiven expense deductibility, and mobile workforce out-of-state income taxes.

Next Main Street Minute, November 2.


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