Throughout the 2023 legislative session, Minnesota progressives have been working hard to pass meaningful policies that support hardworking Minnesota families and stand up to corporations that refuse to pay their fair share.
But two conservative lobbying organizations, the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, are putting the profits of big corporations over the needs of Minnesota families, workers, and small businesses.
NFIB and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce represent big, wealthy corporations that have refused to pay livable wages and paid leave benefits to the majority of their employees, forcing them to choose between taking care of themselves and their families or paying the bills.
NFIB and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce are in the Pocket of Big Business
NFIB is a national organization that claims to represent the interests of small businesses. But in reality, NFIB is funded by far-right interest groups and some of the country’s largest mega-corporations.
A 2018 report by the Guardian showed that past tax records reveal most of the NFIB’s funding comes from Freedom Partners, whose nine-member board includes eight current or former key figures at Koch Industries and other Koch entities.
And in 2022, NFIB endorsed extreme conservative candidates Jim Schultz and Scott Jensen.
The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is a conservative organization that puts big corporations over the needs of small businesses and working Minnesotans. And though they claim to advoc
ate for small businesses, their board is composed of wealthy CEOs from Minnesota’s largest corporations.
Through NFIB and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, big corporations are fighting against commonsense policies like paid family and medical leave, which would require them to provide
their employees with needed time to care for themselves and their families.
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