The SF Examiner had an editorial on making San FRancisco a free enterprise zone. I wrote an LTE stating why this couldn't happen and how to really help small businesses in SF. The SF Examiner published with Libertarian affiliation.
Letters: September 11, 2006
Sep 11, 2006 2:00 AM
The editorial to make San Francisco an enterprise zone [“Let’s make S.F. an enterprise zone,” 9-8] neglects a problem. The Board of Supervisors levies “progressive” taxes on small businesses, forcing them out of existence by using them as ATM’s for “fair share” programs. The Board of Supervisors will never give up those “fair share” taxes on small businesses.
With increased minimum wages, an imposed city health plan and passage of the sick leave initiative, with payroll taxes, permits and license fees, a new business should never open in San Francisco. With just payroll taxes, small businesses of five to 49 employees pay $120 million to The City. At the current city-mandated minimum wage, that’s 6,000 minimum wage jobs lost to taxes. Now that’s progressive fair share taxes in action.
The Board of Supervisors should cut all mandated “fair share,” “progressive,” small business taxes to attract new businesses and keep existing businesses here.
Chair, Initiatives Committee
Libertarian Party of San Francisco