[r91] National Fed. of Independent Businesses Gives Rep. Behning a Perfect Score (9/9/2010)

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Start Date: 9/9/2010 All Day
End Date: 9/9/2010

STATEHOUSE- State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) has received a 100 percent rating for his consistently pro-business 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 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:

  • 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

"I'll continue to support small businesses with my votes going forward," said Rep. Behning, who represents the southwest suburbs of Indianapolis and also owns Berkshire Florist. "We want to make Indiana have the best business climate possible, especially to encourage businesses to grow here in our state."

Currently, 85 percent of all Hoosiers are employed by a small business with less than 20 employees. According to the US Bureau of Labor, Indiana is currently tied with Utah as one of the top states for private sector job growth for 2010.