NFIB-approved agenda will tackle numerous issues important to members.
Wisconsin has improved its climate for business over the years, and Gov. Walker is looking to build upon that momentum. He announced his small business agenda in late September at a roundtable discussion at the seventh annual Small Business Summit.
The Lakeland Times quoted Walker on the rollout of this agenda: “Our small businesses are at the core of Wisconsin’s economy, so it’s critical we listen to and address business leaders’ concerns and make sure they have the tools they need to succeed. Our annual Small Business Summit allows these key business leaders to gather together and network with each other while working with government leaders to keep our economy strong and moving forward.”
Walker said he was committed to several priorities key to the state’s small business owners:
- Cutting business costs by lowering property taxes, stopping unemployment fraud, and increasing penalties for those who intentionally make false statements to gain unemployment insurance benefits
- Streaming regulations by introducing regular regulatory sunsets and a standing legislative committee review of all regulations
- Reducing frivolous lawsuits with lawsuit reform
- Increasing education funding and grant programs to prepare a more skilled workforce
- Removing barriers to work by ending public assistance benefits cliffs
NFIB/WI applauded Walker for his leadership and value placed on small business owners.
“By reducing business costs, ensuring the workforce is prepared, removing impediments to work, and attracting new talent to the state, existing small business owners will have the ability to hire qualified, educated workers and those considering starting a small business will have confidence that our fiscal environment is sound and ripe for growth,” NFIB/WI State Director Bill G. Smith told The Lakeland Times. “We look forward to working with the governor to assist in executing the plan.”