The mission of the MMAC is to encourage business development, job creation and capital investment. The MMAC represents nearly 1,800 member businesses in this effort—90% of which are businesses with fewer than 300 employees. Small businesses are responsible for an overwhelming percentage—around 82%—of job creation. Simply put, small businesses are vital to Wisconsin’s economy and creating a better environment for them ensures a more prosperous future for the Milwaukee Region and Wisconsin.

To advance the success of small business, the MMAC’s Council of Small Business Executives (COSBE) has developed the following targeted public policy agenda. These initiatives, we believe, would have a positive impact on the future success of not only our small businesses, but all our citizens.

Ensuring a Quality Workforce

Educational Improvement Tax Credit
Provide a tax credit for corporate contributions providing private school scholarships to low-income children or educational improvement organizations supporting innovative programs in public schools.

Tax Incentives for Building the Economy of Tomorrow

Capital Gains Tax Cut
Repeal capital gains tax hike approved last session (restore the 60% cap gains tax exemption) and pursue further cuts in the Wisconsin capital gains tax rate.

A Level Playing Field for Small Business

State Non-Compete Protections
Create and enforce limits on state government operations providing the same service or product in competition with private-sector businesses.

Home Field Advantage for Wisconsin Bidders
Create a system of preference points within the state bidding system for Wisconsin-based companies.

Timely Payment Requirements
Create a 60-day time limit for the state of Wisconsin to pay private businesses under contract with them for products or services.

Helping Small Business Control Health Care Costs

Health Savings Account Tax Exemption
(PASSED Jan. 2011) Create a state income tax credit for contributions made by an individual to a Health Savings Account.

Eliminate Federal-State Health Coverage Inconsistencies
Federalize dependent child insurance coverage requirements and tax treatment.

Legal Reform

Class Action Lawsuit Reform
Amend Wisconsin class action statute to mirror Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23.

Civil Actions in WFEA Complaints
Repeal statutes that allow a civil cause of action for damages in Wisconsin Fair Employment Act cases without allowing consideration of whether the employer actually violated an employee’s WFEA rights.

Labor Law Reform

Level Playing Field for Labor Law
Systematically amend all Wisconsin labor regulations to ensure that they are no more generous/onerous than corresponding federal laws.

Right to Work
Prohibit making membership in a union or payment of union dues a condition of employment.