Small-business owners had a lot to say and hear at June 22-25 virtual gathering.
U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers met with NFIB Washington state members as part of NFIB’s Virtual Fly-In event last week to update them on the latest legislation and to hear their concerns.
One of the many benefits of NFIB membership is the opportunities your association presents to hear directly from and talk directly to the top policymakers and agency officials making the decisions affecting your ability to own, operate, and grow your business.
McMorris Rodgers fielded a variety of questions from a variety of NFIB-member, small-business owners, including a third-generation creamery owner, a mom-and-pop telecommunications company, and an owner of a shellfish farm.
Most troubling to members were provisions of the proposed Pro Act, which would allow secondary boycotts. Other small-business worries included how long the federal government would continue to spike state unemployment benefits with an extra $300 dollars a week that is contributing to the crying need for employees to return to work.
NFIB would not allow a pandemic to deter America’s No. 1 job-creators from having their say with top Congressional leaders, so it conducted its annual Fly-In event virtually. The timing was never more vital.
More than 1,000 NFIB members from around the nation were apprised of the latest actions on legislation that regrettably portend higher taxes and more regulations through proposals such as:
- American Jobs Plan
- American Families Plan
- The Pro Act
- The Raise the Wage Act
Attending small-business owners were also encouraged to get in direct touch with their representatives and senators who are right now considering new tax proposals and further burdensome regulations, including:
- Increasing the corporate (C-corp) tax rate from 21% to 28%
- Increasing the top income tax rate on passthrough businesses from 37% to 39.6%, broadening the reach of the tax, and limiting the Small Business Deduction (§199A)
- Increasing Taxes at Death:
- Repealing stepped-up basis
- Taxing capital gains at death rather than point of sale
- Increasing the top capital gains tax rate from 23.8% to 43.4%
- Enacting the Healthy Families Act, which mandates employer paid sick leave
- Creating a government-run paid family and medical leave program
- Increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour
- Automatically extending and expanding unemployment insurance payments
“Members of Congress do respond,” said U.S. Rep. Kevin Hern, the Virtual Fly-In’s first-day guest, “do not give up. Your voice matters.” Louisiana U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy agreed, suggesting inviting elected officials to “come to you” and if they take you up on it, make sure to invite your employees. “If they see employees, then they’ll listen. Get the talkative ones up front.”
In addition to this Fly-In event, check your email or your NFIB state webpage for other events such as Small Business Day at the Capitol and member meetings throughout the state.