Vernon: most legislators and candidates will say how much they like small business as the backbone of our economy, but the voting record actually shows how they voted.
The legislature has adjourned formal sessions for the year and the campaign season is in full flight. The state’s unusual date for the primary election on Thursday, September 8 assures a small turnout, but it is important for small business owners to participate and express their wishes at every opportunity.
Particularly, in this presidential election year, state representatives and state senators who have supported small business and candidates for the legislature who have indicated they will support our right to own, operate and grow our businesses deserve our support. NFIB/MA has compiled a legislative scorecard that indicates how supportive your incumbent legislator has been over the past two years. As we all know, most legislators and candidates will say how much they like small business as the backbone of our economy, but the voting record actually shows how they voted.
In addition, the NFIB/MA S.A.F.E. Trust PAC board has studied the voting records of incumbents and the small business issue surveys completed by legislative candidates. The Board has issued its recommendations and endorsements. I encourage you to review all the information available before you vote.
Since most legislators do not have opponents, the work of the legislature continues. We are working on a number of legislative proposals that may be enacted before the end of the year in informal sessions. The bills require unanimous approval at this point in time but that may be possible with a limited number of proposals. Similarly, we have to make sure no bills that would hurt small businesses reach the Governor’s desk.