PROMOTING SMALL BUSINESS
Three out of every four new jobs in Massachusetts are created not by big companies, but rather by small business. That’s why as our State Representative Shaunna O’Connell established the first ever Small Business Caucus to help promote business friendly reforms to grow jobs.
During her time in office, Shaunna passed the resolution making the Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving Small Business Weekend to encourage shoppers to spend their holiday dollars locally. She worked against the Patrick Administration to stop them from increasing fees by 567% on small business companies that own vending machines. She has supported numerous other reforms to help lower the cost of unemployment insurance and reform the independent contractor rules.
She understands the importance of helping businesses create jobs by giving them greater freedom from government regulations and costly mandates. That is why Shaunna has filed the Small Business Bill of Rights. This package of seven pieces of legislation is designed as a first step toward creating a better business environment that encourages job creation and entrepreneurship.
The package includes:
Small Business Bill of Rights
One-year waiting period before a new tax can take effect:
This initiative will give businesses time to adjust to the higher cost of doing business.
One-year adjustment period before a new regulations can take effect:
Businesses need certainty. By creating a one-year waiting period, businesses will have the time to prepare for the new requirement and make the appropriate adjustments. It will make it more affordable for them.
Require a systematic cost-benefit analysis of regulations every 5 years:
Current law requires regulation review every 12 years. But in this ever-changing high tech world, it should occur every 5 years to ensure that regulations have not outlived their usefulness.
Allow people to freelance work and allow businesses to hire freelancers:
The Massachusetts state law on independent contractors makes it almost impossible to hire a freelance person. By correcting the definition we will be creating more opportunities for businesses to test new positions which often lead to full-time positions.
Require a cost-benefit analysis of all new energy projects:
The cost of doing business in Massachusetts is very expensive. We have some of the highest utility costs in the nation. Before beginning a utility project, there should be a cost-benefit analysis to determine the worthiness of the project.
Require hearings before taxes are increased:
The tech tax is a perfect example of legislators voting to increase taxes before knowing the full impact. By holding hears around the state, businesses will be able to educate legislators as to the direct impact before there is a vote.
Limit treble damages to willful actions:
These hefty fines should only be imposed on small businesses when there is willful action on wage disputes, not for innocent mistakes.
"Our Taunton and Easton business owners take on the challenge of running a business every day. They work hard to provide jobs and they understand what it means to live within in a budget, yet we have legislators in Boston who want to reward their entrepreneurial spirit by imposing more mandates and taxes. Small business is the backbone of our economy and we cannot allow Beacon Hill to break the spirits of business owners through overregulation and higher taxes." ~Shaunna O’Connell