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NFIB Kansas Cheers Governor and Lawmakers for Conservative Fiscal Approach

Date: January 15, 2014

TOPEKA, Jan. 14, 2014--Dan Murray, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, made the following statement today in advance of Gov. Sam Brownback's State of the State Address:

"Since he took office, Governor Brownback's leadership on tax policy has helped promote small-business growth and strengthen our economy. Our state has added over 45,000 jobs. Under his leadership, our unemployment rate has fallen from over 7 percent when he assumed office to 5.1 percent today, giving us the 10th lowest rate in the country, but there's still a lot of work ahead of us.

"Our members want to thank Governor Brownback for resisting the temptation of Washington's bait-and-switch Medicaid expansion. It might sound like a good deal in the short term, but longer term, it will inevitably lead to higher taxes, especially on small businesses, and make things worse for Kansas' ecomony and working families.

"We're also looking to him to join legislative leaders in holding the line on any attempts to raise the state's minimum wage, a well-meaning but wrong-headed strategy that economists say would actually lead to fewer jobs for those who need them."

NFIB/Kansas is the state's leading small-business association, with 4,200 member businesses representing a cross section of the economy.

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