Shop Local on Small Business Saturday

Tom Scott
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

The National Federation of Independent Business is America’s leading small business advocate. We are proud to represent 350,000 small, independent business owners, and we are excited to cosponsor the 2016 Small Business Saturdaypromotion with American Express. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses account for the vast majority of the jobs in this country. […]

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Final Legislative Tally for Small Business: Challenges Ahead in 2017

Tom Scott
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

As the leading voice of small business in California, NFIB has been front and center this legislative session advocating for and against bills which would have significant impacts on our struggling small businesses across the state. In my three decades working in politics, I don’t think I’ve seen a legislative session pass such a high […]

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Prop 54 Will Enact Significant and Lasting Reform in the State Legislature

Tom Scott
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

One of the oldest political tricks in the book is to claim something does the opposite of what it actually does. But that is precisely what Proposition 54’s small handful of critics do when claiming the measure will give special interests more power. This is the farce Eric Bauman propagated in his commentary, “Prop 54: […]

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NFIB Score Card: Legislative Votes on Small Business

Tom Scott
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

The National Federation of Independent Business/California unveiled its annual voting record for our 120 Senators and Assemblymembers in the State Capitol. Each year, NFIB/CA identifies and lobbies on bills which would have the most significant impact, either positive or negative, on small businesses. Based on their vote on these critical pieces of legislation, each member of the Legislature receives a percentage […]

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NFIB Survey: Health Insurance, Regulations, and Federal Taxes Top Concerns for Small Business Owners

Tom Scott
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)/California released its quadrennial California Problems and Priorities Survey in conjunction with the NFIB national Problems and Priorities Survey, according to which small business owners list the cost of health insurance, government regulations, and high federal taxes as their top three concerns. “Many Americans are frustrated by the federal government’s failure to solve problems. Small […]

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Small Businesses Call Governor Brown To Act On Six Bills

Tom Scott
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

Although there are many legislators celebrating what has widely been regarded as a ‘very successful year for progressive legislative priorities,’ small business owners have little to celebrate as the 2015-2016 legislative session officially comes to a close. And while small business may not have been invited to the negotiation table on minimum wage, family leave, […]

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Farm Overtime Bill Will Have Devastating Impacts

Tom Scott
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

We are deeply concerned with the passage of AB 1066 today and the devastating impacts this bill will have on our small, independent farmers and the workers they employ. This mandate does not consider the thousands of agricultural workers who will lose their jobs and the billions of dollars in lost crop production resulting from […]

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Gut & Amend Bill Would Hurt Small Farms

Tom Scott
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

One out of eleven farmers in California is an NFIB member, and they are telling us this bill will have a devastating impact on their small, independent farms and farmworkers. This is why SB 1066 was defeated earlier this year. This freshly gutted-and-amended version does nothing to alleviate the serious concerns of our farmers across […]

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For Small Business, Bills that are Good, Bad and Ugly

Tom Scott
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

As the Legislature reconvenes this week for its final month of business for the 2015-2016 legislative session, NFIB California reflected on victories and challenges ahead per the “The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly” bill list. Bills included in this list represent those which will have the greatest impact, either negative or positive, to our […]

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Legislative Halftime: NFIB California Announces Updated Priorities

Tom Scott
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

Following the legislative house of origin deadline last week, National Federation of Independent Business/California reflected on our victories and challenges ahead per our “The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly” bill list. Each year we proactively identify which bills will have the greatest impact, either negative or positive, to our 22,000 small businesses across California. […]

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