Small Business Urges Senate to Pass Healthcare Reform

Tom Scott
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

Obamacare has been burdensome for small business. This week, the Senate has a chance to do something about it. Year after year, when the National Federation of Independent Business surveys its members, they say their number one priority is healthcare, but the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, has made things more difficult for […]

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Legislative Halftime: NFIB Announces Updated Small Business Priorities

Tom Scott
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

Following the annual legislative house of origin deadline, NFIB California reflected on our victories and challenges ahead with 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. Throughout the year we […]

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Bills that are Good, Bad, and Ugly for Small Business Approach Deadlines

Tom Scott
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

May is a critical month for legislation to move through various policy and fiscal committees before the house of origin deadline. Any Assembly bill which does not make it to the Senate (or Senate bill to the Assembly) by June 2 is effectively dead for the remainder of the calendar year, but can be revived […]

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Senate Bill 1 Will Hurt Small Businesses and Working Families

Tom Scott
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

California is already the most expensive state in the nation to run a small business and raise a family. From the moment you wake up in the morning, get your cup of coffee, drive to work, work a long day, buy dinner for your family, and end your day, you have been hit with more […]

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California Legislature Rolls Out Wave of Good, Bad, and Ugly Bills for Small Business

Tom Scott
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

The California Legislature never ceases to amaze with some of their most creative, imaginative schemes to tax, regulate, and mandate small businesses and taxpayers in new ways. It’s a dangerous game—one minute, we might joke in passing about how California would love to figure out a way to assess property taxes on a satellite orbiting […]

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Survey shows what small business owners think about regulations

Tom Scott
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

Running a small business isn’t easy. Being your own boss might sound appealing, but it means putting in lots of hard work to make it happen. Among the many things an owner has to think about are balancing the books, hiring and keeping employees, and pleasing customers. Increasingly, something else weighs on the minds of […]

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Half of Small Businesses Say Regulations are a Problem

Tom Scott
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

According to new research by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), small business owners are drowning in regulations imposed by every level of government. It is a major problem affecting millions of businesses, and the federal government is the biggest contributor. For small businesses in California, however, we know that in many areas including labor and […]

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NFIB/CA Reveals Initial “The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly” Bill List

Tom Scott
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

With the Legislature back at work for the 2017-2018 legislative session, NFIB California released a new “The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly” bill list which identifies new and developing policy issues in the State Capitol affecting small business. Bills included in this list represent those which will have the greatest impact, either negative or […]

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Small Business Reacts to Governor Brown’s Budget Announcement

Tom Scott
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

Small business owners have been among the few voices to insist that the State of California is on the verge of an economic downturn, and today Governor Brown only affirmed this sentiment. The compounding pressures of a $15 state minimum wage, protected leave mandates, and mounting environmental regulations have all caused small business owners great […]

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Legislative advocacy, member activism priorities for NFIB/Small Business in new year

Tom Scott
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

As we wrap up 2016, NFIB California reflects on what has been an overall successful year for our members and the organization, but not without important legislative and electoral challenges along the way. 2017 will bring new challenges at the State Capitol which we intend to face head-on with our 22,000 members to defend our small business policy priorities […]

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