Small Business Optimism Hits Two-Year Low

Tom Scott
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

The NFIB business survey shows small business owners treading water with expected business conditions very negative. The Index of Small Business Optimism fell 1 point in February to the lowest reading in two years, with six of the 10 indices declining and four remaining unchanged, according to the National Federation of Independent Business’ monthly economic survey released […]

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From Oppose to Neutral Position on MCO Tax Proposal

Tom Scott
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

Rising health care costs is the #1 concern for our small business members according to a survey we released last November. Because of that, we take very seriously any potential increases in premiums as a result of this legislation. Given the aggressive legislative timeline for the Governor’s Managed Care Organization (MCO) tax, we took an oppose […]

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Feel the Burn: Aloe Vera Added to Prop. 65 List

Tom Scott
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

There are two very different types of actors in the realm of making our economy tick. Entrepreneurs wake of every day trying to think of new ways to innovate, to expand, and thus create new jobs. Then there are the regulators in Sacramento who wake up every day thinking of new, creative ways to add […]

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Walking Blindfolded through California’s Regulatory Minefields

Tom Scott
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

Small business owners in California are a brave bunch. Not only must they navigate the perpetually changing seas of federal regulation, but they must also traverse a particularly treacherous minefield under California law. Yet, at least they can rest assured that they won’t be sued if they act in accordance with best available guidance from […]

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Main Street Menace: Senate Bill 1X 1 (Beall)

Tom Scott
CA 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 of the 2015 series. The end of summer isn’t the only bad news in Sacramento. The Legislature is back in […]

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Prop. 65 Shakedown Lawsuits Hurting CA Businesses

Tom Scott
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

CALA has repeatedly pointed out that a select group of organizations are profiting from shakedown Proposition 65 lawsuits. The list of Proposition 65 Private Settlements for 2014 has just been posted and, as always, shakedown lawsuits have put more money into the pockets of these organizations. Let’s be clear, these lawsuits and the resulting settlements are not […]

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On July 4th, Declare Your Independence From Shakedown Lawsuits

Tom Scott
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

When we gather with friends and family this July 4th, it is the perfect time to reflect on some of the things that make our country great – life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights provide a solid foundation for our roles as citizens, but unfortunately, […]

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AB 465: Trial Lawyers’ Attack On Arbitration

Tom Scott
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

Study after study has shown that consumers and employees actually fare better in arbitration than in court. In a 2006 study by Mark Fellows, Legal Counsel at the National Arbitration Forum, analyzed data from California and found that consumers prevail in arbitration 65.5% of the time, as compared to 61% of the time in court. Many […]

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CA: Worst Place For Business, 11th Year In A Row

Tom Scott
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

California’s economic recovery might be a little over stated, at least according to the people who actually create jobs. Chief Executive Magazine has released its annual Best and Worst States for Business Survey and California ranked last – for the 11th year in a row. In the annual survey, completed by 511 CEOs across the United States, states […]

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SB 251 Will Reduce ADA Lawsuit Abuse

Tom Scott
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

Slowly, but surely, the California Legislature is making progress tackling the issue of shakedown lawsuits alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). We saw the first bit of success in 2008 with SB 1608 and more in 2012 with SB 1186. These bills represented the growing acknowledgement among our state’s elected leaders that […]

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