Biz owners: Cut benefits to keep fund solvent

A new poll suggests Colorado small business owners are mostly in favor of labor-union reforms and reducing unemployment benefits if the state’s unemployment fund nears bankruptcy.

The Colorado chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business released results Friday of an annual poll of its members who own small businesses in the state. The poll is used each year to determine the federation’s lobbying positions on state and national legislative issues.

This year’s poll asked five questions, including whether maximum unemployment benefits should be reduced if bankruptcy becomes a possibility for the state’s unemployment trust fund. Eighty-five percent of those polled said yes, and 7 percent said no.

The overwhelming majority of those polled said yes to the idea of the federation supporting reforms that would require labor unions to get written permission each year from all union members if the union wants to use dues for political activities. That prospect had 88 percent support, while 6 percent voted against the idea.

The poll asked whether those surveyed would support levying a state sales tax on business and professional services if it would help shore up the state’s budget. Ninety-one percent of those surveyed said no, and 6 percent said yes.

Seventy-one percent said they would be against legislation that would make it illegal for employers to discriminate against people who are unemployed when they apply for a job. Twenty percent were in favor of the idea.

Those polled were most undecided about whether the state should privatize some public roads, bridges, tunnels and highways. Twenty percent said yes, 60 percent said no, and the rest were unsure.


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