Below is a sampling of media stories about NFIB during 2015.
Puget Sound Business Journal, December 24—State Director Patrick Connor comments on the lack of bidders to build a new health-care database aimed at allowing consumers to shop and compare prices for medical care.
Maple Valley Reporter, November 27—NFIB news release on Small Business Saturday re-printed in newspaper also circulated in Covington and Black Diamond.
Seattle Times, October 17—NFIB comments on Initiative 1366, which would limit state expenditures.
Daily Sun News, October 15—NFIB opposes new Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule submitted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The Star, Grand Coulee, September 30—State Director Patrick Connor gives advice to the young seeking their first job.
The Wahkiakum County Eagle, September 17—NFIB and Washington state’s attorney general team up to offer small-business owners advice on adding surcharges to make up for rises in the minimum-wage rate.
Seattle Business, August 14—NFIB Chief Economist Bill Dunkelberg’s research is cited in story on Washington state’s economy.
Freedom Daily, July 27—Host Jeff Rhodes interviews State Director Patrick Connor about the 2015 session of the Washington Legislature.
Healthcare Payer News, May 18—More coverage of NFIB’s participation in the creation of an All-Payer Claims Database. ” ‘Businesses and consumers will now have access to meaningful cost and quality information to make informed healthcare decisions, said Patrick Connor, Washington state director for the National Federation of Independent Business.’ “
Seattle Times, May 14—State Director Patrick Connor’s remarks from a news conference with Gov. Jay Inselee on the signing of a bill creating an All-Payer Claims Database is reported throughout the entire state May 14 and May 15. A sample of the coverage includes stories in the Puget Sound Business Journal, Seattle Business Magazine, Bellevue Business Journal, KUOW-FM NPR, TVWashington (Connor speaks at 4 minutes, 20 seconds into video below), and PR Newswire. The complete story, along with a video of the news conference, can be found on the NFIB/Washington web page here.
TVW, May 13—House Finance Committee Chairman Reuven Carlyle praises NFIB’s contribution on the issue of an excise tax on capital gains. State Director Patrick Connor’s testimony begins at 1 hour, 9 minutes, 39 seconds (1:09:39) in the video below; Chairman Carlyle’s compliment at 1 hour, 11 minutes, 17 seconds (1:11:17). “Let me just give a shout out Patrick … You really were the only business opposition that has come forward with some sort of language and some specific suggestions in articulating your points in a bit more detail, so that’s appreciated.”
Everett Herald, May 10—Maxford Nelsen, labor policy analyst for the Freedom Foundation, and State Director Patrick Connor pen a joint guest editorial on the failure of Initiative 688 on the minimum wage.
The Columbian, April 12—State Rep. Liz Pike cites NFIB data in an editorial against Gov. Jay Inslee’s low-carbon fuel plan.
The Spokesman-Review, March 31—State Director Patrick Connor testifies in a Senate committee against raising the minimum-wage rate.
Bellevue Business Journal, March 30—NFIB research on job loss if minimum-wage proposal is passed by Legislature is reported on.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, March 30—Reporter Joel Connelly writes on the many considerations and ramifications going on the behind the scenes on the minimum-wage bill and inadvertently exposes how little some people know about who earns it.
Business Examiner, March 26—NFIB’s advertising campaign against Gov. Jay Inslee’s carbon tax covered in article.
Business Examiner, March 2—Poll results from NFIB’s annual balloting of its Washington state membership mentioned in article.
Columbia Basin Herald, February 12—Report on NFIB’s annual Small Business Day at the Capitol.
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