Small Business Comments on Governor’s Budget Revision

Date: May 15, 2020

From John Kabateck, NFIB California State Director

Contact: John Kabateck, California State Director, [email protected],
or Tony Malandra, Senior Media Manager, [email protected]

SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 15, 2020—Comment from John Kabateck, NFIB California state director, about yesterday’s release of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s revised state budget.

“We were delighted to see the governor augment the small business loan guarantee program by $50 million and commend him for waiving the $800 minimum franchise tax for new businesses, which we have for decades advocated doing. We would have liked for him to suspend the next minimum-wage increase, which is a new cost burden to many, if not most, small employers facing the grim reality of closing their doors very soon unless they can make ends meet. With few or zero customers patronizing Main Street businesses during this crisis, it is difficult, if not impossible, to expect these fragile owners to spend funds they don’t have without inflicting some modicum of pain upon their operation and workforce.

“NFIB looks forward to continuing our work with the governor and policymakers to help remedy the economic mess created by COVID-19, get Californians back to work, and restore consumer confidence to record highs so the Golden State is once again bustling with unprecedented hope and opportunity.”

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