Legislative Victories and Many Challenges Ahead for Small Businesses in California

John Kabateck
NFIB State Director in California

With Governor Jerry Brown’s final bill signature/veto deadline in our rear-view mirror, and the upcoming election of a new Governor and legislature just around the corner, now is an important time for small business owners—and all California taxpayers—to reflect on some of the greatest victories from this past session and important challenges ahead in the […]

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Home Stretch: Employer Mandates and Environmental Overreach Dominate End of Session

John Kabateck
NFIB State Director in California

Although many in Sacramento cite selective statistics to claim California’s business climate is great—such as our current 5th largest GDP in the world—small business owners understand the reality that California’s ever-increasing cost of doing business is strangling small businesses from expanding and forcing many others to leave the state. In a survey released just last […]

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NFIB Unveils 2017 Legislative Voting Record

John Kabateck
NFIB State Director in California

Last week, the National Federation of Independent Business/California, the voice of small business in California, unveiled our annual voting record for each Senator and Assemblymember 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 […]

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Single-Payer Health Insurance Bad for Small Business

John Kabateck
NFIB State Director in California

The not surprising reaction of some in the California legislature to the debate over repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act is to propose a state-run single-payer healthcare model. I say “not surprising“ because there have been attempts in the past to secure a single-payer plan in California, and the negative reaction in deep blue California to the Trump […]

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Improving the Health Care Law for Small Business, Employees and the Economy

John Kabateck
NFIB State Director in California

As President Donald Trump and the new Congress sharpen their scalpel to cut and remodel the Affordable Care Act, what does that mean for small businesses in California? Covered California, the state program that administers the health care act, is probably a better model compared to other state exchanges. Yet, the program has not been devoid […]

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Small Business Saturday a Success

John Kabateck
NFIB State Director in California

With the holiday shopping season focused on big name companies on Black Friday and the growth of online buying, small business, rightfully called the ‘engine of the job-making economy,’ is sometimes ignored. That’s why it is satisfying to see the survey results released by the National Federation of Independent Business and American Express declaring the […]

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With Election Behind Us, Californians Look to “Mod Squad” as Bastion of Hope

John Kabateck
NFIB State Director in California

Voters in this state continually tell pollsters that their number one concern is jobs and the economy. Following the election, I have to wonder if the new legislature will take that concern to heart when they fashion legislation. Given the political changes in this state, job creation and economic growth may rest in the hands […]

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On the 2016 Campaign Trail, Candidates Are Miles Away from Main Street

John Kabateck
NFIB State Director in California

Hacked emails and old videos have dominated the news of the presidential election lately. While salacious revelations and inside politics are interesting and motivating for some voters, there are important candidate positions voters need to know about.  For us at Kabateck Strategies, how the candidates plan to improve conditions for small business is of upmost […]

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Empowering the Entrepreneur and Small Business Owner

John Kabateck
NFIB State Director in California

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
NFIB State Director in California

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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