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CARB Members Do the Right Thing—Listen to the People about the Hidden Gas Tax

John Kabateck
California Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

Last week, I was proud to deliver 115,000 signed petitions on behalf of my fellow Californians on the controversial “fuels under the cap” regulation at the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) Diamond Bar board meeting. I was joined by dozens of community and educational leaders, elected officials, business organizations and concerned drivers as we gathered […]

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Income Equality and the Rising Cost of Gasoline

John Kabateck
California Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

Governor Brown knows that income inequality is a critical issue facing our state and the nation that urgently needs to be addressed. Thoughtful and experienced as he is, Governor Brown is well aware that such inequity, paired with regressive tax policies, can exact tremendous damage on a struggling economy – particularly on low-income populations. As […]

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Main Street Menace of the Week: Assembly Bill 1792 (Gomez)

John Kabateck
California Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

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 fourth column of the 2014 series. You would think that after all the years I have been in Sacramento, nothing would […]

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NFIB/CA Releases Study Showing Minimum Wage Increase Would Cost California More Than 300,000 Jobs

John Kabateck
California Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

Back in February, I wrote a column for Fox and Hounds declaring Senate Bill 935 a ‘Main Street Menace’. We were hoping that the ‘heads up’ to those in the California State Legislature would help to prevent the bill’s passage. Unfortunately, in late May, the bill passed on a party line vote of 21-12. It […]

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Playing Politics with Science and Safety

John Kabateck
California Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

Well, that didn’t take long. Only three months after the ink was dry on a new program that directs state scientists to evaluate chemicals used in consumer products, bureaucrats and some politicians like San Francisco Senator Mark Leno have decided to change the rules midstream. Once again, politics trumps policy and it’s precisely the result […]

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Main Street Menace of the Week: Senate Bill 1021 (Wolk)

John Kabateck
California Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

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 third column of the 2014 series. This week, small business owners will arrive in Sacramento as part of NFIB/California’s 6th Annual […]

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Main Street Menace of the Week: Assembly Bill 1522 (Gonzalez)

John Kabateck
California Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

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 second column of the 2014 series. Sometimes the proposals that the legislature comes up with are enough to make small employers […]

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Main Street Menace of the Week: Senate Bill 935 (Leno)

John Kabateck
California Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

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 2014 series. Have you ever seen the movie “Groundhog Day”?  It stars Bill Murray as a not-so-nice […]

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NFIB/CA Ballot Results Show Little Appetite for More Taxes

John Kabateck
California Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

Each year, NFIB/CA sends out ballots to our nearly 24,000 members across the state to determine their positions on the issues we see coming down the line in Sacramento.  Over the years, our members’ responses to these questions have directed us in taking policy positions on the issues that affect them: minimum wage, Prop 65 […]

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Small Business Wish List for 2014

John Kabateck
California Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

Will Small Business ‘Deck the Halls’ this holiday season, or have a ‘Blue Christmas’? To say that 2013 was challenging for small business is really an understatement.  Coming off of 2012 saddled with additional taxes with the passage of Prop. 30 and more regulations with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, many small business […]

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