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Small Business Challenges before the Idaho Legislature in 2015

by Norris Law Group on December 30, 2014

Idaho LegislatureThe National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) expects these issues affecting Idaho businesses to come up before the Idaho Legislature in 2015:

  1. “Elimination of the Business Personal Property Tax:” The NFIB works to eliminate the Business Personal Property Tax, every year. In 2014, the NFIB succeeded in eliminating this levy for 85-90% of businesses in Idaho, and will lobby for its elimination for all businesses in 2015. While it expects that the Idaho House will likely favor cutting this tax, they expect opposition in the Idaho Senate, and vows to “re-double its efforts to push elimination of the BPPT through the Senate” in 2015.
  2. “Holding the Line on the Minimum Wage:” Idaho avoided a raise in its minimum wage in 2014, and the NFIB credits this to successful educational efforts on their part which “remind[ed] legislators that the vast majority of minimum-wage earners are teens entering the job market for the very first time,” and that a raise in the minimum wage would likely lead to a decrease in opportunities for younger workers.
  3. “Fighting Against a Local Option Tax:” Small and independent businesses in Idaho have long opposed local option sales tax, and the NFIB vows to continue to fight against it.
  4. “Opposing Medicaid Expansion:” According to the NFIB, the next step of the Affordable Care Act for Idaho is whether “to expand Medicaid to cover with federal dollars low-income Idahoans who meet certain criteria under federal law.” Health-care providers including hospitals, doctors and insurance companies support of Medicare expansion, arguing that federal money will relieve Idaho taxpayers of the cost of indigent care. But many legislators and Idahoans fear that more federal entitlements are not good for the state of for the nation in the long term.
  5. “Monitoring Fuel Tax Increase For Small-Business Impact:” House Bill 481 would have raised the fuel tax by 6 cents per gallon in Idaho, but failed passage in the 2014. The NFIB says that it plans to closely monitor ongoing efforts to raise the fuel tax as well as its potential impact on Idaho small businesses.

Attorney Graham Norris and his associates at the Norris Law Group serve the residents of Utah County, UT and throughout Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, and California. Contact them today at 801-932-1238 or online for a free consultation.

 

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