NFIB California Main Street Minute

Date: May 31, 2021

For the legislative and political week May 31-June 4

Welcome to the Memorial Day edition of the NFIB California Main Street Minute from your NFIB small-business advocacy team in Sacramento. NFIB California joins our fellow Americans in giving thanks to those who suited up for duty but never made it back to see the flame of freedom they sacrificed their lives to keep lit.

California Re-Opens June 15

  • The state will completely re-open its economy Tuesday, June 15. That doesn’t mean everything is totally back to normal. NFIB California encourages its members to acquaint themselves with this memo from the California Department of Public Health.

Legislatively …

  • VICTORY! Last week, NFIB and its coalition partners succeeded in diluting the financially toxic potency of Assembly Bill 570, which sought to allow dependent parents and stepparents to be added to employer-sponsored health plans. The estimated cost on employers was pegged at $1 billion. After accepting the coalition’s suggested amendments, dependent parents can only be added to individual policies, not on employer-sponsored plans.
  • Also last week, NFIB teamed up with 25 other business associations to issue a Floor Alert opposing Assembly Bill 1371, which “would prohibit an online retailer that sells or offers for sale and ships purchased products in or into the state from using single-use plastic packaging that consists of shipping envelopes, cushioning, or void fill to package or transport the products, on and after January 1, 2023.” Click here to read the Alert.
  • ATTENTION: Sales Teammates and Leadership Council. The two above bills are included in this latest legislative update on all the bills NFIB California has helped pass, defeat, continue to lobby for, or continue to fight against since the beginning of the year.

Latest NFIB California Podcast

  • In the latest NFIB California Podcast, Assembly Member James Ramos, a San Bernardino County Democrat, discusses his small-business past and present and a couple of bills he’s sponsoring to help his fellow Main Street entrepreneurs. Listen to it here.

Nationally

  • Today, May 31, is the last day the U.S. Small Business Administration is offering Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans.
  • Ready for the most comfortable flight you’ll ever take? You’re booked in first class and best of all, it’s free. So, how about joining us June 22-23 for the NFIB Virtual Fly-In?
  • Book now at the NFIB Fly-In webpage, where you can register, see the agenda, and take action on the big issues.
  • A little suspense. So, what will Thursday’s release of NFIB’s latest Jobs Report show? Will there be a fourth consecutive month or record highs in unfilled job openings? Or will we start to see a drop?
  • The Indeed Hiring Lab, the research arm of the job site Indeed, found that the 23 states that decided to end the extra $300 in federal unemployment benefits earlier than its September 6 expiration date saw a rise in job seekers. Imagine that. California is not one of the 23 states, which is not hard to imagine at all.

Next Main Street Minute June 7.

Photo courtesy of California State Assembly’s sergeant of arms website.

 

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