Members of Pennsylvania’s leading
small business advocacy group, the National Federation of Independent Business
(NFIB), today announced 124 state lawmakers were named Guardians of Small
Business for their outstanding voting records on behalf of Pennsylvania’s
small-businesses in the 2015-2016 session of the General Assembly.
“Small-business owners pay close attention to how
their lawmakers vote,” said NFIB’s Legislative Director Neal Lesher. “While
many lawmakers claim to support small business, the NFIB voting record proves
that these lawmakers were true and consistent advocates for small business. If the
legislature helps Mom-and-Pop companies succeed, it helps the Pennsylvania
economy and creates jobs.”
The Guardian of Small Business Award is given to
Senators and Representatives who voted favorably on key small-business issues at
least 75 percent of the time. The voting record includes only votes on
small-business issues, not all of the votes cast during the session. The key issues include regulatory reform, tax measures,
employer mandates and policies that help to enable small business growth.
Small businesses are the driving force behind the
Pennsylvania and national economies.
According to the state Labor Department, 98 percent of all Pennsylvania businesses employ fewer than 100
workers. These businesses account for about
half of all private sector jobs in the state.