OLYMPIA, Wash., Dec. 26, 2014—It may be the peak of the holiday season, but Washington state’s leading small-business association is not wasting a day in its continuing campaign to educate everyone about the potential effects of Gov. Jay Inslee’s climate plan, launching two, one-minute radio ads today that will run in various markets throughout the state.
“We know there’s a cost,” says trucking company owner Frank Riordan in one ad,
“but how much? If all Washingtonians will pay more at the pump because of the governor’s plan, we should all have a say in the process and the decision.” Riordan is president of Seattle-based Becker Trucking.
Across the state, David Degon, president of Fairfield-based Degon Farms, a fourth-generation business, says in another ad,
“Affordable energy is critical to my farm and family. When energy prices go up, that means the prices go up on everything else, like food and transportation. Farmers, small businesses and families always seem to get hit the hardest.”
The ads were produced and paid for by the National Federation of Independent Business, The Voice of Free Enterprise, Inc. NFIB is America’s largest and leading small-business association with 350,000, dues-paying members across the nation, including more than 8,000 in Washington state. The radio ads will run for three weeks and each ends with a request of listeners to call the governor.
More than any business association in Washington state, NFIB has led the way on informing legislative opinion on one of the most important issues certain to surface when the next session starts in a few weeks.
“It might appear odd to launch the radio part of our public awareness campaign in between two major holidays only a week apart, but we don’t have the luxury of time,” said Patrick Connor, NFIB’s Washington state director. “Opinions on the governor’s climate plan, which he announced December 17, are being formed now, and small-business owners need to be part of the discussion, because of their centrality to our state’s economy.”
For more than 70 years, the National Federation of Independent Business has been the Voice of Small Business, taking the message from Main Street to the halls of Congress and all 50 state legislatures. NFIB annually surveys its members on state and federal issues vital to their survival as America’s economic engine and biggest creator of jobs. NFIB’s educational mission is to remind policymakers that small businesses are not smaller versions of bigger businesses; they have very different challenges and priorities.
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