Empowering the Entrepreneur and Small Business Owner

John Kabateck
President of Kabateck Strategies, and former CA Executive Director of NFIB

People in California dream big, but there are still too many inhibitors and roadblocks that make it difficult, if not all out discouraging and impossible, to get a business started, let alone fully operational. What will our leaders do to break down the barriers of just getting a business started? The minimum franchise tax, which […]

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Discounted Rx Drug Program Should Help Those Who Truly Need It

John Kabateck
President of Kabateck Strategies, and former CA Executive Director of NFIB

To the average Joe or Jane, the term “340B” might lead one to believe it’s the latest sleek Mazda model or an elevated seating section at Sacramento’s soon-to-open Golden One Arena. But for those in the health care world and the general public, the reality is that it takes on a whole new – and […]

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Legislative Consistency? Not with Minimum Wage, High Speed Rail and Taxes

John Kabateck
President of Kabateck Strategies, and former CA Executive Director of NFIB

If one takes a quick glance at the daily schedule of events happening in and around the State Capitol all on the same Monday this week, there seems to be a peculiar political paradox taking place right under our noses. Or, in laymen’s terms: an offensive double standard. On Monday, April 4, the Governor signed SB […]

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Ill-Conceived Minimum Wage Hike Hurts More Than Just Small Biz

John Kabateck
President of Kabateck Strategies, and former CA Executive Director of NFIB

Despite the heavy mudslinging and name-calling that never ceases to accompany an election year (this one clearly setting a new low standard), there’s one thing that Democrats, Republicans and persons of most every political persuasion are likely to agree upon: every red-blooded American deserves the right to and a fair shot at earning more money […]

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Small Business Has Big Voice at Day at the Capitol

John Kabateck
President of Kabateck Strategies, and former CA Executive Director of NFIB

Last week, small business owners from across the state converged on the capital for NFIB/CA’s 7th Annual Day the Capitol event. One hundred small business owners from around the state spent a day in Sacramento and held nearly 50 meetings with legislators and staff. One thing is certain – the Voice of Small Business was […]

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Sales Tax Holiday Legislation Good News for Small Business

John Kabateck
President of Kabateck Strategies, and former CA Executive Director of NFIB

Every once in a while, a piece of legislation comes along that restores my hope in the elected bodies in Sacramento. Legislation that proves that they are indeed listening and care about our state’s number one job creators. Proof that they not only talk the talk, but walk the walk. Assembly Bill 1280 by Assemblyman […]

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Main Street Menace of the Week: Senate Bill 8 (Hertzberg)

John Kabateck
President of Kabateck Strategies, and former CA Executive Director of NFIB

While the legislature is in session, the National Federation of Independent Business/California will be profiling anti-small business bills and initiatives and the adverse effect they would have on California’s job creators. This is the first column of the 2015 series. Each time a new crop of legislators comes to Sacramento, I along with small business […]

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Make Proposition 65 Meaningful to Consumers – Not More Confusing

John Kabateck
President of Kabateck Strategies, and former CA Executive Director of NFIB

In May of last year, Governor Jerry Brown declared his intent to pursue reforms to the state’s Proposition 65 -The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986. He expressed his deep concern about how the law has been used by lawyers to enrich rather than protect public health, stating: “Proposition 65 is a […]

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Will the Supreme Court Deliver Relief for Central Valley Farmers and Ranchers?

John Kabateck
President of Kabateck Strategies, and former CA Executive Director of NFIB

In California, water issues are of top concern. So, all eyes should be on Washington now as the U.S. Supreme Court is poised to potentially take-up two major cases that may affect water policies in the Central Valley for years to come. The cases, Stewart Jasper Orchards v. Jewell and State Water Contractors v. Jewell, […]

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Time for a Real Debate on the Cost of Climate Programs

John Kabateck
President of Kabateck Strategies, and former CA Executive Director of NFIB

Finally, it’s here. A spirited, inclusive, and extremely critical debate over the true costs of California’s climate programs to our economy, small businesses, and working families. On the heels of an abysmal voter turnout in this month’s election, the emergence of a growing chorus of diverse voices on a vital public policy issue should be […]

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