Time to stop the mandates, give business time to recover

John Kabateck
NFIB State Director in California

Proponents of a newly-proposed privacy initiative, the so-called California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA), claim to have enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot. The actual number of qualifying signatures may be close, based on my experience with previous initiatives.   But as someone who has signed a few ballot initiative arguments, I question whether this […]

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Exempt All Small Businesses Under AB 5

John Kabateck
NFIB State Director in California

When the phone calls come into the National Federation of Independent Business/California offices about AB 5 we know the questions will boil down to this: Is our type of business one of the lucky ones that gained an exemption under the new worker classification law?  We’ve developed flow charts and explanations on how different businesses […]

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Governor’s Budget Recognizes the Importance of Starting a Business

John Kabateck
NFIB State Director in California

California’s business community has felt like a punching bag over the years, with rankings like CNBC’s showing the state placed last in the cost of doing business and business friendliness categories. So, it is refreshing that Governor Gavin Newsom recognizes the importance of small businesses to California’s economic well-being, which he does in his most […]

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Small Business Releases its 2020 Legislative Agenda

John Kabateck
NFIB State Director in California

Not in any of our members’ memory has NFIB California needed to shape and refine its legislative agenda for the coming session so soon, but these are extraordinary times. The fate of thousands of people who have freely chosen to be their own bosses, the further legal life of the only tax that has done […]

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People Don’t Want a Sales Tax on Services

John Kabateck
NFIB State Director in California

As the 2020 election nears, Californians are bracing for an onslaught of local and state tax increase proposals on everything from property to soda. Proponents are already selling these taxes as though they are the missing piece in the California Dream, while conveniently ignoring the people who are going to pay more: taxpayers, consumers and […]

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For the sake of the economy, California legislators must fix the flawed California Consumer Privacy Act

John Kabateck
NFIB State Director in California

The Legislature must fix the California Consumer Privacy Act before it takes effect on Jan. 1, 2020.  The law is riddled with unclear definitions, overly broad mandates, and small errors that will lead to unnecessary costs and widespread confusion about compliance. When the California Consumer Privacy Act  passed in 2018, we heard many promises that […]

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Will California Legislature Help or Hinder National Economic Momentum?

John Kabateck
NFIB State Director in California

Trade wars and tariffs may be roiling Wall Street but businesses along Main Street, America, continue to power our prosperity, according to NFIB’s latest Small Business Economic Trends report released this morning. I’m worried less about external forces hindering this great economy than I am about the internal threats emanating from state capitols across the […]

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California Small Business Owners Thankful Federal, Not State, Policies Drive the Economy

John Kabateck
NFIB State Director in California

After a brief hiccup over a government shutdown, the small-business economy across America is back humming, according to the latest Small Business Economic Trends (SBET) report released today. Now, it remains to be seen how much damage California policymakers can do to it with purposely self-inflicted wounds. Federal policies have always prevailed over state ones, […]

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Internet Privacy Need Not Come at the Expense of Small Business

John Kabateck
NFIB State Director in California

Although small business is often described as the backbone of the state economy, the backbone can be severely tested when laws are enacted that impose high costs, competitive challenges, or take away critical services. Unfortunately, in the desire to protect consumer privacy, not enough attention was paid to the impact of the California Consumer Privacy […]

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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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