STATEHOUSE- State Rep. Eric Koch (R-Bedford) received a 100 percent score for his voting record from the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB).
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 NFIB has a specialized understanding of what legislation would promote or harm small business growth.
The scores were determined by floor votes that state legislators made on key small business issues in the 2010 session of the Indiana General Assembly. The NFIB identified nine bills that had a direct effect on small businesses, including:
"Small businesses are the economic backbone of our communities and are where most new jobs are created," said Rep. Koch. "I am pleased to be recognized by the NFIB as a friend of Hoosier small businesses."
Currently, 85 percent of all Hoosiers are employed by a small business with less than 20 employees. Indiana also has the lowest business cost index in the Midwest and the fourth lowest in the country according to Forbes magazine.
"Indiana currently ranks 1st in the Midwest for having a favorable tax climate," said Rep. Koch. "We need to do all we can to remove obstacles to growth and job creation by our state's small businesses."
Rep. Koch serves House District 65, which includes parts of Bartholomew, Brown, Jackson, and Lawrence counties, and is Assistant Republican Caucus Chairman.
The NFIB scores can be found at: http://www.nfib.com/indiana under "voting record."