Small Businesses Concerned About Heath Care, Taxes
Despite the advance of the ACA, the survey found more than half of small businesses don’t even offer health care to their employees.Looking toward the upcoming Presidential election, small business owners reported two issues of greatest concern for their businesses, according to a Dealstruck survey of 410 small business-owners. The survey revealed that regardless of political affiliation, small business owners agree that the most pressing issues in 2016 are taxes (56 percent) and health care (46 percent). While 72 percent of liberal business owners say that the minimum wage does not impact their business and is too low, a surprisingly high percentage of conservatives agree, with just 20 percent of conservative business owners believing that the $7.25 minimum wage is too high. "We were actually surprised to see that such a high percentage of conservatives were either not affected by the minimum wage, or actually thought that it was too low," Candace Klein, chief strategy officer at Dealstruck, told eWEEK. "When compared to similar surveys in previous years, we believe that this may be the closest we've seen both leanings come on this issue."
The report also indicated small business owners are generally not affected by the Affordable Care Act ("ACA") and are not opposed to its continuation.