Last Thursday the SF Examiner had an article about small businesses in San Francisco complaining they were not getting enough of a cut of the take of City contracts. These are the same businesses who complain about City payroll taxes and mandated benefits and minimum wages. I had a few choice words to say about this dichotomy and the SF Examiner agreed and published with affiliation.
Heads on backward
Small businesses complaining about being shouldered aside for city contracts by the big pigs at the trough have their heads screwed on backward (“Do small businesses have hope?” Aug. 2).
Take into account the profit of the services or products received with a city contract a small business breaks even on the costs of doing business in The City after taxes, permits, fees and mandated benefits. These snivelers should work to repeal anti-small-business legislation, which treats small businesses as ATMs by supervisors.
Small businesses need payroll taxes repealed. Payroll taxes suck $120 million out of small businesses — enough to hire 6,000 minimum-wage workers. Legislation to exempt small businesses with fewer than 50 employees should be enacted for the mandated minimum wage, paid sick leave and health plan.
Get taxes, permits, fees and mandated employee benefit plans repealed to really help small businesses.
Chairman, Initiatives Committee
Libertarian Party of San Francisco