Date: September 23, 2016


BOSTON (September 23, 2016): The small business legislative scorecard for 2015-16 legislative session was released by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the state’s largest small business advocacy group. According to Bill Vernon, the group’s state director, the results show that small business needs legislators to focus better on issues that will encourage job growth on Main Street.

“NFIB represents small and independent business owners throughout the Commonwealth. They are our state’s leading job creators and they firmly believe that in order to create jobs and increase economic opportunity, lawmakers must reduce regulation and empower the free market so that everyone prospers,” according to Vernon. “Unfortunately, we saw many bills this year that were contrary to the best interests of both employers and employees.”

The voting record was distributed to all NFIB small business members in the state ahead of the November elections as a guide to supporting lawmakers that have proven they stand by small business via their votes cast on bills before the legislature. While most elected officials claim to support small businesses, the NFIB voting record provides a clear indication of which state representatives and state senators are truly supportive of the community. This year, the focus included legislation that impacted sales, estate, and income taxes as well as workers compensation and employment laws.

“We are grateful for the practical approach that the House took on so many issues of concern to small business owners, such as the scheduling and so-called wage theft bills, both of which could have penalized innocent small business owners had they been enacted. The House approach contrasted sharply with the Senate’s positions that were often perceived as anti-business by our members,” Vernon continued. “Every time the government makes it more difficult or more expensive to hire another worker, a job opportunity is lost. We certainly hope that the 2016-2017 legislature will keep that in mind when considering future legislation.”

To view NFIB’s voting record, please click here

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