For Immediate Release
Minnesota Director Mike Hickey, NFIB, 651-235-7401
St. Paul (June 3, 2014) – Small business owners across the state will be closely watching the gubernatorial primary in August, as they have several good friends running.
“Small business owners have special interest in this race because they have three good friends vying for the Republican nomination, all of whom have received NFIB’s Guardian of Small Business Award and they’ve all got very good voting records on small business issues,” said Hickey. “A fourth candidate has a very impressive record of success in the private sector. That will be an interesting race to watch from our perspective.”
Jeff Johnson and Mary Seifert, former lawmakers, and Rep. Kurt Zellers all have solid voting records and NFIB has worked with all of them closely over the years. Not only are they reliable small business allies, said Hickey, but each of them has carried major legislation or directed the House to pass major legislation that benefitted small business.
Scott Honour, a businessman, has a very successful record of accomplishment in the private sector and he can relate to NFIB members first-hand.
“Our members are going to be quite interested in this primary and I’m sure the vast majority of them will be voting,” he said.
NFIB members have been extremely disappointed in Governor Dayton, whose first term has been marked by big tax hikes: a massive minimum wage hike, an expansion of the Human Rights act that will very likely lead to more lawsuits against small employers, and other initiatives that small business owners have opposed.
“In 2011 and 2012 he vetoed several major bills that we strongly supported which would have been beneficial to small business and he signed into law several bills in the last two years that we strongly opposed which have made Minnesota less appealing, less competitive and a more difficult place to create jobs and run a business,” he said.
Small businesses, which vote in very high percentages normally, will be especially interested in this race, said Hickey, because of what it means for Minnesota’s economic future.