DENVER, Colo., Jan. 15, 2015—Tony Gagliardi, Colorado state director for the National Federation of Independent Business, America’s largest and leading small-business association with 350,000 dues paying members across the nation, including 7,000 in Colorado, issued the following statement on this morning’s State-of-the-State speech by Gov. John Hickenlooper.
“We were hoping the governor would offer real hope to Main Street businesses by addressing actual roll backs of the multiple layers of regulation in the state, and we were also looking for his support in rescinding the open invitation for disgruntled employees to file frivolous law suits against their employers. Unfortunately all we heard was the perceived need for more Government.
“To small business owners the only sound of encouragement, and we will give the governor credit for it, is his acknowledgement there is an issue with the state’s fiscal policy which is embedded in the constitution. We believe there is opportunity to address Amendment 23, Gallagher, and the albatross around the necks of small businesses, the Business Personal Property Tax, and still be able to protect the TABOR amendment and we pledge to help in this endeavor.”
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For more than 70 years, the National Federation of Independent Business has been the Voice of Small Business, taking the message from Main Street to the halls of Congress and all 50 state legislatures. NFIB annually surveys its members on state and federal issues vital to their survival as America’s economic engine and biggest creator of jobs. NFIB’s educational mission is to remind policymakers that small businesses are not smaller versions of bigger businesses; they have very different challenges and priorities.
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