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California Small Business Owners Shows Opposition to Tax Increases, Paid Sick Leave Mandate

Small business owners are strongly opposed to mandates  requiring higher taxes and mandatory paid sick leave, according to a poll released today by the National
Federation of Independent Business/California.

Each year, the National Federation of Independent Business,  America’s leading small business association, polls its members on issues vital to their survival as entrepreneurs at both the state and federal level.

When asked if California should require employers to provide paid time off for employees’ personal  illnesses or to care for a family member, more than 90 percent responded ‘no’, slightly more than 3
percent responded ‘yes’ and more than 2 percent were undecided.

California small business owners also strongly opposed proposals to tax commercial property at a  different rate than residential property.  More than 86 percent said ‘no’, 3 percent responded ‘yes’ and more than 2 percent were undecided.

Finally, when polled as to whether California should replace the state sales tax with a European-style value-added tax, more than 80 percent responded ‘no’.  Another 4 percent responded ‘yes’ and 13-percent  were undecided.

“These numbers underscore Main Street concerns that now is not the time for new taxes, mandates or  additional burdens to be placed on small businesses,” said John Kabateck, NFIB/CA executive director. “Small business owners overwhelmingly oppose new and unanticipated costs as the way out of a  recession and believe that government should be doing everything possible to provide incentives and  support to create jobs.”

NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. More information about NFIB is available online at