Comment on Three-State Pact to Re-Open Economy

Date: April 13, 2020

Too many small businesses are already teetering on the precipice of closing permanently

Contact: Patrick Connor, Washington State Director, [email protected]
or Tony Malandra, Senior Media Manager, [email protected]

OLYMPIA, Wash., April 13, 2020—Comment from Patrick Connor, Washington state director for NFIB, the nation’s leading small-business advocacy association, on today’s announced discussion between California, Oregon and Washington on a joint strategy for re-opening their economies.

“While it’s encouraging that Governor Inslee and his counterparts in Oregon and California have begun discussing a joint approach to restarting our states’ respective economies, it is imperative that all three governors move swiftly to allow more small businesses to safely and responsibly reopen sooner, rather than later. Too many small businesses are already teetering on the precipice of closing permanently, eliminating jobs deemed ‘essential’ by the workers who fill them, and the families they support.

“This is especially true in areas that were economically distressed before the pandemic began, whose recovery is further threatened by prolonged business closures due to government edict. It’s time to focus on keeping at-risk individuals at home to avoid illness, while allowing small businesses, working families, and our states’ economies to rebound quickly by getting back to work.”

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