NFIB reacts to State of the State Address
CONCORD Feb. 13, 2020 – NFIB, the leading small business association with thousands of members in New Hampshire, responds to Governor Sununu’s State of the State Address. The following comments are attributable to NFIB’s New Hampshire State Director Bruce Berke:
“We applaud Governor Sununu’s continued support of the key drivers that enable small businesses to continue to thrive in NH. Taxes are stable and predictable which gives owners the confidence to make decisions that are good for their business and their employees.
“He is right to say that type of economic policy, both at the state and federal level, did lead to record employment, a surge in small business growth and more jobs created. Hearing that skills development is on Sununu’s agenda should help with the difficulty small businesses have finding qualified employees.
“It is a relief that the Governor said no to the Transportation and Climate Initiative because that cap and trade program could have sent gas prices up by as much as 17 cents a gallon, hurting many small businesses. Just imagine how that would have raised costs for the flower or pizza delivery shop, construction companies with heavy equipment, and even home service businesses.
“We appreciate the governor’s desire to add workplace programs he believes will attract workers, and most small businesses do want satisfied employees and try to accommodate. Any program must be flexible, not too costly, and not hinder the business owner’s ability to succeed.”