NFIB California Main Street Minute

Date: November 14, 2022

For the legislative and political week November 14-18

Welcome to the November 14-18 edition of the NFIB California Main Street Minute from your NFIB small-business-advocacy team in Sacramento.

NFIB-Endorsed Candidates Do Well

  • It was a good election night for NFIB in California. There are still 31 days and more than four million votes left to count, but as of this writing, the NFIB CA PAC produced some nice results it hopes hold. Of the nine bipartisan candidates it endorsed for State Senate, eight are ahead. Of the 17 candidates the PAC endorsed for State Assembly, 12 are ahead. 
  • We welcome NFIB members Roger Niello to the Senate and Megan Dahle and James Gallagher their return to the Assembly. 
  • The crowning achievement of the night, however, was the failure of Proposition 30, which the NFIB CA PAC had voted to oppose after 90% of the NFIB California membership rejected it.

Speakership Succession

  • Well, that was smooth. Reports CalMatters, “It was like a Sacramento episode of ‘Succession’: Following months of backroom jockeying, closed-door meetings and controversial fundraising practices, Assembly Democrats — including some who haven’t yet won races too close to call — announced Thursday evening a transition plan for the speakership, one of the most powerful roles in the state Capitol. Current Speaker Anthony Rendon will stay on until June 30, 2023, at which point he’ll pass the torch to Assemblymember Robert Rivas of Hollister … The game plan — which Assembly Democrats are expected to formally approve on Dec. 5, the first day of the new legislative session — means that Rivas will ascend to the speakership more than a year after his original unsuccessful attempt to oust Rendon.” 
  • And their small-business-voting records? Both men are tied at a dismal 18%

NFIB California in the News

  • The Northern California Record quotes State Director John Kabateck for a story about NFIB’s Voting Record, which asks the question why so few lawmakers supported Main Street enterprises.

NFIB National

Highlights from NFIB Legislative Program Manager Caitlin Lanzara’s weekly report

  • On November 11, the NFIB Small Business Legal Center filed an amicus brief in Texas v. Environmental Protection Agency, urging the federal court to stop the EPA from reshaping the auto industry. Read the press release here. 
  • On November 8, NFIB’s Small Business Optimism Index declined 0.8 points in October to 91.3, which is the 10th consecutive month below the 49-year average of 98. Thirty-three percent of owners reported that inflation was their single most important problem in operating their business. Read the NFIB press release here. 
  • On November 7th, NFIB signed a coalition letter urging the IRS to issue ERTC credits in a timely manner, which was promised by Congress.

Next Main Street Minute November 21.

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