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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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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