I have been consulting a family-owned outdoor sports store that is on the cusp of expansion into some exciting new products.
The problem? To expand, they would pop above the "50 employee" target which would require them to either provide healthcare or pay the "Obama-fines" beginning next year. If they expand... in order to break even with the Obamacare regulations, they'd have to price the new products above the MSRPs.
My advise to the owners is to NOT expand... too much risk for zero reward.
So.... no new jobs to offer the unemployed, and no incremental profit increases which would have generated additional tax revenue at all levels of government.