The NFIB is a membership organization that focuses on the impacts of current and proposed state and federal legislation and its impact on small business. The organization has a specialized understanding of what legislation would promote or harm small business growth.
This year's scores were determined by floor votes that the state legislators made on key small business issues. The NFIB identified and analyzed the vote totals on nine bills that had a direct effect on small businesses, including bills regarding issues such as:
· Age discrimination
· Notice of business closure or mass layoffs
· Nutritional information at food establishments
· Improper classification of employees
· Unemployment contribution rates
"When businesses are doing well, jobs are created," said Rep. Yarde, who is himself a small business owner.
"My goal is to continue to vote for legislation that will produce a job friendly environment and give businesses the predictable climate they need in order to grow and expand."
Currently, 85 percent of employers of Hoosiers are qualified as small businesses with less than 20 employees. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, Indiana is currently tied with Utah as one of the top states for private sector job growth for 2010.