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NTMA Speaks on the Issues

The NTMA Government Affairs Department is responsible for presenting the opinions and viewpoints of the tooling and machining industry before the United States Senate and House of Representatives, as well as the various federal agencies located in the nation's capitol.

On behalf of our membership, NTMA is FOR legislation that promotes business and stimulates economic growth. We are AGAINST more intrusive, costly government regulations that burden small business, NTMA maintains full-time registered lobbyists on staff who are in daily contact with Capitol Hill to ensure that these positions are heard and supported

NTMA serves as the center of knowledge on government activities affecting the tooling and machining industry. We dispense valuable information to our membership on a monthly basis through the NTMA Record, the NTMA web site, and the Congressional Action Alert Program. Individual shop owners may contact the Government Affairs Department by telephone, fax or e-mail on any topic of concern relating to federal rules and regulations or congressional legislation, There is no change for this service.

NTMA has an excellent track record presenting small business interests to the Department of Labor, OSHA, the IRS and the Small Business Administration. In addition, several important bills have been introduced in Congress on behalf of the tooling and machining industry at the behest of NTMA, All these efforts have a direct affect on the ability of shop owners to operate in a more efficient and financially secure environment.

Every year, Congress debates legislation and federal agencies consider new regulations that could make it more difficult and more costly for you to operate your business. NTMA plays hard defense in stopping many harmful regulations from ever taking effect. We also take a proactive hard offensive stance while working alone or with other organization's or coalitions to achieve positive results in the passage of legislation beneficial to the small shop owner.

Skilled Workforce Enhancement Act

NTMA promoted a bill to obtain tax credits to shop owners who provide on-site apprentice training.

Estate Tax Elimination

NTMA is actively lobbying got e complete elimination of the estate tax.

ISO 9000 Certification

NTMA is demanding that the IRS allow that costs incurred for certification be expensed and not capitalized.

Tax Reform

NTMA is working with Congress to force the IRS to allow small companies to pay taxes on income when it is actually received and to allow small business to use the cash method of accounting without limitation.

OSHA and EPA Reform

NTMA is building coalitions to work with Congress to change the current role of these agencies from arrogant policemen to valuable and friendly business resources.

100% Deduction for Health Insurance Costs

NTMA is working to give small businesses equality with larger companies.

Total Repeal of the 0.2% Federal Unemployment Payroll Surtax (FUTA)

NTMA provided testimony to Congress to support the repeal of this unnecessary tax.

Metalworking Fluids

NTMA was appointed by the Secretary of Labor to represent small business on this issue. NTMA voted against OSHA's proposal to lower by 90% the present Permissible Exposure Level to metalworking fluids.





To: NTMA/SMAC Members From: Tom Martin, SMAC Legislative Chairman

Welcome to 2003. We hope you are still in business, and more importantly making some money. You need to because the legislature is counting on you to cover them for their foibles. The Legislature returned to Sacramento on December 2, 2002 to swear in the new and old members for the 2003-2004 session. Normally that is a two or three-day session, just long enough for them to find their office, the restroom and their seat in the main halls. This year with the "surprising" budget shortfall that no one talked about before the November elections, the Governor called for them to stay in session to work on the budget. They toiled away for a couple of weeks, collecting their daily $125 stipend then left for the holidays. Some even made the sacrifice of travelling to Hawaii for a legislative conference sponsored by the prison guards. They must have valued that conference because the prisons and prison guards are not slated for any cuts in the new, proposed budget. In fact, the only serious proposal for new expenditures is to build a new $200 million prison to house our growing population of convicts awaiting the death sentence. The old San Quentin facility is getting overcrowded as we condemn people to die but don’t execute them.

But don’t let the prison proposal get you down. Our legislators wasted no time in working for us. With just those two weeks in December and one full week in January, 2003, the 80 member Assembly has already proposed a total of 140 various pieces of legislation and the Senate, with 40 members, has proposed 69.

One of the first bills, SB 2, by San Francisco Senator Jackie Speiers "would declare the intent of the legislature to develop an employer-based health care coverage system that provides health insurance to every employee in California." They will justify this by insisting that employers already providing health insurance face unfair competition from competitors who do not provide health coverage. The bill argues that passage will create a level playing field for California employers, and lower the cost for medical coverage. It says nothing about California companies who compete with offshore or other state businesses. And, history has shown that mandating more covered employees does not automatically reduce costs. This is the first direct shot across our bow for Universal, employer-paid health care. There are other proposed bills in the hopper that will carry higher costs for employers who are not providing insurance for employees. And, our heroine, Zelda, aka State Senator Shiela Kuehl is reportedly drafting a more demanding universal coverage bill for California. Here we go again!