Wednesday, August 26, 2009

In previous emails I have talked about the sales tax inequity for contractors bidding on jobs where a large manufacture/ contractor also compete for work.
This inequity not only hurts small business but cost the state close to $1 billion.
Yesterday we met with Betty Yee the Chair of the Board of Equalization and she confirmed this can only be fixed by legislation.
We then went across the street to the Capitol and met with Daryl Steinberg’s budget person and briefly with the Senator. We are hoping that the Senator will send a letter of inquiry to the Board of Equalization on this issue.

As I have told you one of the benefits SB Cal provides its members is that if you send us something you would like the government to take action on or have a question of government we will send your letter to our contacts in state government if we agree your issue.
The first request we had was from Skip Brown from Delta Construction who sent us on August 4 his letter to the governor. He has been working on this issue for 20 years with no success. Yesterday he was in the conversation with Betty Yee and Senator Steinberg.
I don’t think any business organization provides this kind of service to its members.
Also if you are meeting with government people and they ask how the state can get more revenue in these difficult economic times cite this example.

It is going to be a busy week for SB Cal. Today we are meeting with Speaker Pelosi’s office on Healthy Families. On Monday we will be meeting with Assemblywoman Jackie Speier and presenting the small business agenda and the concerns we have on the health debate. A week from today I will be part of a program at the SF Chamber speaking further on the health issue. Attending the event will be Speaker Pelosi and Mayor Gavin Newsom.
We are out there constantly getting the voice of small business heard.

Scott Hauge
Small Business California
2311 Taraval Street
San Francisco, CA 94116

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