NFIB survey highlights small business attitudes

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The National Federation of Independent Business says their members aren’t feeling confident about the economy – and that small business owners in Colorado mirror the nationwide anxiety.

Officials say their most recent survey shows that overall optimism about the economy is at its lowest level since 1993.

The survey also asked Colorado small business owners about other major issues that stand to affect small business.

Most employers – 51 percent – favor a nationwide verification system to determine whether a job applicant is eligible to work in the United States. Arizona is the only state that has a law for employers, and it is being tested in the courts. The NFIB is a party to the suit.

Small business owners were not in agreement about health care: 48 percent favor requirements that force insurance companies to get approval from the state before implementing a new premium rate for small group health care policies; 37 percent are opposed.

“Where there was a high degree of uncertainty on that question, there was no such indecisiveness when small business owners were asked if Colorado should establish a payroll tax to purchase health insurance for those not covered by employers,” the survey said. “A resounding 93 percent said no.”

In other questions, 58 percent of small business owners were in favor of the state adopting a right-to-work law, and 88 percent were opposed to allowing state employees to collectively bargain for pay and benefits.