The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB California) has recognized Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) with a perfect 100-percent score based on votes crucial to California’s small businesses during the 2015 legislative session.
“As a small business owner myself, I know firsthand how difficult it can be to succeed in California’s business climate,” said Bates. “I am pleased to be recognized by the nation’s premier advocate for small businesses for my work last year to champion pro-jobs policies. I look forward to continuing my work to help small businesses do what they do best – pursuing new ideas, investing in their communities and creating new jobs.”
The NFIB Legislative Voting Record for 2015 contains key votes on 13 bills important to the small business community. Bates earned the NFIB’s highest score by supporting measures designed to create jobs and opportunities, and opposing bills that sought to increase the cost of doing business in California.
Bates earned her score in part by co-authoring a measure – signed by Governor Brown – that created a program for small businesses to obtain low-interest loans to bring their facilities into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (AB 1230). She also supported legislation – also signed by the governor – that permits merchandise with the words “Made in U.S.A.” to be offered for sale if no more than five percent of the final value of the product is foreign-made, or no more than ten percent is foreign-made if the content could not be produced or obtained domestically (SB 633).
Bates also opposed measures that would have increased the cost of obtaining worker’s compensation insurance (AB 305) and legislation that would have allowed local governments to raise their portion of the sales tax by another cent (AB 464).
The NFIB score adds to the growing list of pro-jobs and pro-taxpayer honors from non-partisan organizations that Senator Bates has earned over the past year. These include:
- “A” grade from the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, one of the state’s top watchdogs on tax and public finance issues;
- 100 percent score from the California Taxpayers Association, the state's largest and oldest organization representing taxpayers;
- 100 percent score from the California Manufacturers & Technology Association, which represents the state’s manufacturing community; and
- Near perfect score from the California Chamber of Commerce regarding bills affecting job creation.