Small Business Majority submitted a letter to the California Assembly in support of California's Homemade Food Operartions Act (AB 626), which will help legitimize and create a legal framework for microenterprise home kitchen operations in the state. It will improve public health safeguards around the existing informal food economy by legalizing small-scale home food operations and ensuring health and safety standards. Finally, the bill will enable home cooks—mostly women, immigrants, and people of color—to use their skills to generate income.
Mark Herbert, California Director for Small Business Majority, submitted a letter in support of the California Prompt Payment bill (AB 1552), which would require all public utilities to promptly pay vendors that submit valid invoices. Prompt payment measures such as this will help small businesses compete more effectively in bidding processes for contracts. The bill requires that public utilities will be required to pay vendor invoices within 30 days.
Small Business Majority writes to both the California State Assembly as well as California State Senate in support of AB 2965/S 974, which would expand MediCal coverage to undocumented immigrants. Extending this coverage would drastically decrease the number of remaining uninsured in the state, as roughly 1.8 million undocumented Californians are without healthcare coverage (more than half of the total uninsured).
Small Business Majority writes in support of California Bill AB 2023, which would make the existing Child and Dependent Care Expenses Credit refundable, expanding benefits to California’s low- and moderate-income working families. The legislation would ensure that money is put back in the pockets of working families in our state who are struggling to afford the child care they need to participate in the workforce.
Small Business Majority writes in support of California Bill AB 2502, which would require California establish the California Health Care Payments Database. This database would publicize information about healthcare usage, costs and outcomes that would further efforts to improve affordability and quality of existing healthcare options for all Californians, including many entrepreneurs and small business employees.
Small Business Majority writes in support of California Bill AB 2472, which would require Covered California to conduct a feasibility study on whether a public health insurance option is viable in California. Such a plan has the potential to increase competition and choice in healthcare options for Californians. A public option could also make small businesses more competitive when they are seeking to hire talent.
Small Business Majority writes a letter in support of California bill AB 2023, which would make the existing Child and Dependent Care Expenses Credit refundable so low- and moderate-income working families can benefit from a tax refund that will help defray the rising costs of child care. This will help put money back in the pockets of working families in the state of California who are struggling to afford the child care they need to participate in the workforce.
Small Business Majority voiced supports for California Bill SB 1021, which which would extend the cap on prescription drug copays indefinitely by eliminating sunset provisions on current law. The cap is currently set to expire in 2019.
Small Business Majority submitted a letter in support of California's net neutrality bill (SB 822), which would enforce net neutrality at the state level. It allows the state to ensure internet service providers (ISPs) are allowing equal access to the network.
Small Business Majority writes in support of California Bill AB 2499, which would ensure premium dollars are spent on actual healthcare expenses rather than administrative costs. This bill will codify existing ACA medical loss ratios of 80/20 for the individual market and 85/15 for the large group market into California law to reinforce the state’s commitment to affordability.