The following is FBA’s Public Policy Goals for 2021, as approved by the Association’s Board of Directors.
State tax issues – FBA needs to remain diligent in the debate to maintain fair and equitable business and personal taxes in California:
- Continue our leadership role to maintain prohibition on Estate Tax in California.
- Continue to oppose efforts to enact a sales tax on business services.
- Be wary of all proposals to increase taxes.
Sponsored bills - move our two sponsored bills in the Legislature, one to put a definition of a family business into state law and the other to protect the ability to deduct business taxes paid in other states.
Regulatory and lawsuit relief continues to be a top priority for FBA members but regulations surrounding labor relations and human resource management provide additional challenges to our members. FBA will focus on opposing legislation and regulations that impact labor and our workforce and support relief from PAGA lawsuits against family businesses. Also, continue work to broaden AB 5 of 2019 to exempt more types of contractors who should not be employees and soften the blow from this onerous legislation.
Workforce development - identifying a qualified and available source of labor is an increasing challenge. FBA will work to support workforce development opportunities that help provide a trained workforce.
Publicize FBA policy, legislative and regulatory positions.
- FBA will work to achieve coverage of our positions and opinions in the news media.
Continue to explore opportunities to assist the transfer of ownership and property between family members and through successive generations and oppose efforts to make that more difficult.
Continue to build relationships with key legislators, new legislators and new administration officials and:
- Produce the 9th Annual Family Business Day and Legislative Conference.
- Meet one-on-one with key legislators, new legislators, and officials in the Governor’s Office to educate them on the importance of family businesses and the issues that are critical to family businesses.
- Encourage FBA members to call on their legislators and engage employees in both education and advocacy to illustrate the impacts state government has on family businesses and their employees.
- Participate in coalitions, public events, and hearings advancing the importance of the family business model and family business issues.