Indianapolis (February 15, 2014) – The National Federation of Independent Business today loudly cheered a bipartisan group of lawmakers today who unveiled a package of economic initiatives aimed directly at small businesses.
“Every governor and legislator in every state claims to care about small business but here in Indiana they’ve made it a formal priority,” said NFIB State Director Barbara Quandt. “The Small Business Caucus gives Indiana a competitive edge and should be a model for the rest of the country.”
The Caucus, led by Sen. Carlin Yoder (R-Middlebury), Sen. Tim Lanane (D-Anderson), Rep. Tom Dermody (R-LaPorte) and Rep. Terri Austin (D-Anderson), toured Indiana last summer to meet with small business owners and develop a legislative agenda based on their concerns and ideas. Today they held a press conference to unveil the first series of proposals.
“We have a strong bipartisan consensus in Indianapolis that small business is the key to our competitive strength,” said Quandt. “Both parties understand that small business is the main source of jobs, opportunities. Members of the Small Business Caucus worked hard all summer and today their work is paying off for Indiana small businesses.”
The Small Business Caucus introduced four bills this afternoon that are expected to receive strong support in the Legislature. They include:
*HB 1020 – Requires a review of the state’s various programs for small businesses to determine their effectiveness. The aim is to focus resources on the most effective programs and either reform, replace or scrap the rest.
*HB 1198 – Creates a single point of contact for businesses that currently must navigate multiple agencies to find information and get help.
*HB 1301 – Fire and Safety Building Issues
*HB 1332 – Creates the Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship
“These are really solid ideas and they’d be important on their own. But they’re important for what they represent as well. This package shows what’s possible in Indiana when both parties work together to do what’s best for Indiana without regard for partisan politics.”
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