[r72] Small business is the backbone of Indiana's economy (9/14/2010)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Start Date: 9/14/2010 All Day
End Date: 9/14/2010
National Federation of Independent Business, also known as NFIB, is a non-partisan membership organization that focuses on the impacts of 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. 

Every year, they send out a report showing how legislators voted on pro-business legislation. NFIB took a position on 17 bills impacting small business. I was one of 27 House members who received a perfect score of 100 percent. 

Topics of the bills in the NFIB report included: 
. Age discrimination
. Notice of business closure or mass layoffs
. Asbestos
. Nutritional information at food establishments
. Improper classification of employees
. Property tax caps
. Unemployment contribution rates

Building small businesses and helping them grow is the engine of job creation. In order to power through this recession, I plan to continue voting 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 all Hoosiers are employed by a small business with fewer 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. In 2010, we have increased our private-sector job growth by 2.4 percent, adding 55,000 jobs this year.