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Newsom charges ahead as California virus cases reach new record

Florida is shutting down all bars. Texas is doing the same — and imposing a host of new restrictions. Arizona is in a state of crisis as the coronavirus spreads at a new and alarming rate.

But in California, which is shattering single-day records for new Covid-19 cases and watching hospitalizations climb higher by the day, Gov. Gavin Newsom isn’t touching the state’s dimmer switch. At least for now.

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Please Don’t Heap New Privacy Rules on Fragile Small Businesses

My friends at BizFed, the Los Angeles Business Federation, just released the results of their May survey of business owners. Among other disturbing findings on the impact of COVID-19 on the businesses, almost half of all respondents said their revenues have dropped by more than 50%. And our organization, the NFIB, the leading small business advocacy organization in California, recently reported that as many as 50% of small businesses are destined for failure if things don’t improve soon after Memorial Day.

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The future of Assembly Bill 5

The Sacramento Press Club hosted a virtual forum on Tuesday, June 9, focused on the future of Assembly Bill 5, the law that aims to require companies to reclassify hundreds of thousands of workers as employees, rather than independent contractors. You can watch the forum on Facebook at the Sacramento Press Club’s Facebook page.

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KOGO-AM 600 Newsradio Interview with John Kabateck

In a four-minute interview State Director John Kabateck tells listeners that small businesses have been put on the hook for COVID-19 workers’ compensation claims that can’t be proved if the virus was contracted at their places of business.

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Mottek On Money interview with John Kabateck

In one of the most event-filled weeks of the past two months, State Director John Kabateck discusses state and federal effects on Main Street in a five-minute interview for listeners of the Mottek on Money Show. Kabateck’s interview starts at the 23:02 mark.

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New legislation aims to provide more flexibility to Paycheck Protection Program

As businesses continue to face unprecedented financial challenges due to the COVID-19 economic downturn, many of those receiving Paycheck Protection (PPP) loans hope new rules pass on how the funding can be applied.

The U.S. House on Thursday overwhelmingly backed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020, which is designed to accommodate the evolving needs of business owners while still providing PPP loan forgiveness.

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