NFIB not happy with the sales tax discount weekend
Posted on 8/4/2017 2:02:00 AM.

Today and tomorrow, Louisianans will be able to purchase school supplies and other items at a reduced state sales tax rate of 3%, compared to the normal 5%. National Federation of Independent Business State Director Dawn Starns says she hopes small businesses will see an increase in business but it was more beneficial for retailers when the law allowed for tax free weekend.

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NFIB survey finds decline in June small business optimism
Posted on 7/11/2017 11:33:00 AM.

Small business optimism dipped in June, according to the National Federation for Independent Business. State director Dawn Starns says they saw increased optimism at the beginning of the year entering the new administration, but that has since dwindled due to gridlock in Congress.

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Most Louisiana small business owners oppose an increase to the gas tax
Posted on 4/11/2017 10:52:00 AM.

Small businesses oppose increasing the state’s gasoline tax. Dawn Starns, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, says they surveyed their members and 73% oppose a gas tax hike. Starns says small business owners want to see better roads but...

NFIB, Dawn Starns, gasoline tax

NFIB pleased after President Trump reduces regulations on small busiensses
Posted on 1/31/2017 3:56:00 AM.

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to reduce regulations on small businesses and the National Federation of Independent Business is eagerly awaiting to see which restrictions are cut. State Director Dawn Starns says this order can only help business owners run and grow their businesses.

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NFIB: Small business optimism skyrockets since Presidential election
Posted on 1/10/2017 11:57:00 AM.

A survey from the National Federation of Independent Business finds small business optimism increased substantially in December. NFIB state director Dawn Starns says optimism has been skyrocketing since the November election and the positive outlook is felt here in Louisiana too.

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Small business optimism up since the Presidential Election
Posted on 12/14/2016 1:47:00 AM.

Small business optimism has skyrocketed since the election of Donald Trump, according the National Federation of Independent Business’ monthly Index of Small Business Optimism. NFIB state director Dawn Starns says business owners said they are now excited about the future.

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NFIB: Small business uncertainty at record high
Posted on 11/3/2016 2:29:00 AM.

Small business uncertainty is at an all-time high less than a week before the election, according to the National Federation for Independent Business. The October Uncertainty Index rose from 86 to 88, which exceeded last August’s record-breaking index. NFIB state director Dawn Starns says this high level of uncertainty makes it hard for small business owners to plan for the future.

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Small business optimism showing no real enthusiasm
Posted on 8/9/2016 11:16:00 AM.

The National Federation of Independent Business says Small Business Optimism only rose by one-tenth of a point for July, showing no significant enthusiasm for expansion. NFIB State Director Dawn Starns links this feeling to the uncertainty small business owners now face with all the recent tax changes Louisiana has seen during the legislative session.

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Small businesses hope consumers take advantage of sales tax break
Posted on 8/5/2016 3:33:00 AM.

Today and tomorrow it’s the state’s annual sales tax holiday. Instead of a 5% sales tax, customers will pay 3% on most purchases. In years past, the state sales tax was completely exempted, but the legislature changed it, because of budget difficulties.

NFIB, Dawn Starns, sales tax holiday

Debate in a House committee dealing with LGBT discrimination postponed
Posted on 4/25/2016 10:44:00 AM.

A bill to prohibit an employer from refusing to hire or fire a person, because they are gay or transsexual was set to be heard in a House committee this morning. But the author of the bill, New Orleans Representative Joseph Bouie, decided not to move forward with the legislation, because the votes are not there. They may bring the bill up again next week.

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