Business survey reflects opposition to service tax

Tony Gagliardi NFIB

Members of a small business advocacy group in Colorado say they’re opposed to sales taxes on services, according to the latest results of an annual poll.

Members also opposed additional compensation for employees whose work schedules are changed without notice, but favored limits on gubernatorial powers during emergencies.

The National Federation of Independent Business sends ballots each year to members, most of them small business owners. Their opinions on state and national issues — along with the results of other polls as well as visits with small business owners throughout the year —  help determine the group’s lobbying positions in Denver as well as other state capitals and Washington, D.C. 

“It’s so important to keep in mind this extraordinary time during which small business owners were making their ballot decisions,” said Tony Gagliardi, state director of the NFIB in Colorado. “Those who survived the pandemic were then whacked with supply chain disruptions, inflation and an inability to find employees to fill job openings. The last thing they want to hear is someone’s idea for a new tax or compliance requirement.”

For 2022, the Colorado ballot asked members four questions.

Fully 98 percent of those answering a question about whether Colorado should impose a sales tax on services indicated they were opposed. While 1 percent responded yes, 1 percent were undecided.

Another question asked if employers should be required to provide work schedules at least two weeks in advance and offer “predictability pay” if a work shift is changed or canceled without notice. Of those who responded, 92 percent were opposed. While 3 percent answered yes, 4 percent were undecided.

A third question asked if repair shops and customers should be able to access the necessary information to repair products. Of those who answered, 73 percent said yes and 14 percent no. Another 13 percent were undecided.

The fourth question asked if the Colorado Legislature should revise state laws to reduce gubernatorial powers during declared emergencies. Of those who responded, 67 percent said yes and 22 percent no.