Ben Homeyer, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, released the following statement today on Gov. Nikki Haley’s State of the State address:
“When you talk about small business, you’re talking about Main Street, and NFIB/South Carolina members understand you can’t get to Main Street without good roads and bridges. Our members understand the need to improve the state’s infrastructure in order to grow and prosper.
“Our members also are concerned by any discussion of raising taxes or imposing new fees on small businesses. They still haven’t recovered fully from the Great Recession, and there’s a real concern that at least some legislators might try to shift the cost of fixing South Carolina’s roads onto the backs of small business.
“One of the things that separates the National Federation of Independent Business from other groups is that our positions are determined by our members. One member business, one vote. Once the Legislature has a clearer idea of how it might go about funding any improvements to the state’s infrastructure, NFIB/South Carolina will survey its members to see where they stand.
“Transportation is a critical issue, but we can’t afford to improve our highways by wrecking a tax system that encourages small businesses and large corporations to grow and expand and create jobs.
“I want to thank Governor Haley for her commitment on the issue of infrastructure reform in her State of the State address. We welcome the conversation that is sure to come during the upcoming legislative session. The governor’s commitment to the taxpayers and businesses of South Carolina has led to a plan that can be considered a win for the entire state.”
NFIB/South Carolina is the state’s leading small-business association, with over 4,000 dues-paying members representing a cross section of the state’s economy.