Small Business Backs Wendy Rogers for Congress

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Entrepreneurial experience, pioneering career make her Main Street’s choice

The political action arm for America’s voice of small business today announced its endorsement of entrepreneur and pioneer Wendy Rogers for Congress over incumbent Kyrsten Sinema.

“Wendy Rogers knows first-hand the rewards of building a successful enterprise, the duty of making payroll, the challenge of government regulatory compliance and the profound responsibility for the economic fates of as many as 100 employees and independent contractors affiliated with her small business,” said Farrell Quinlan, Arizona state director for the National Federation of Independent Business.

“The same pioneering spirit she exhibited as one of the first 100 women pilots in the U.S. Air Force showed up again in her willingness to work as hard as any candidate I have ever seen, knocking on thousands of doors in neighborhoods across her district in 100-plus degree Arizona temperatures.”

Rogers is the owner of a home inspection business, and is an NFIB member. The endorsement of Rogers (9th District) was made by NFIB’s SAFE (Save America’s Free Enterprise) Trust, the association’s political action committee. NFIB has 350,000 dues-paying members across the nation, including 7,000 in Arizona.

“Congresswoman Sinema earned only a 30 percent voting record on 10 issues vital to Main Street in the 113th Congress,” said Lisa Goeas, NFIB’s vice president for political and grassroots. “That is not a way to treat the people who employ more working Americans than big business, big labor or big government ever will. The engine of our economy will run much smoother with Wendy Rogers in Congress.”

Brief, single-pages of bulleted information on the power of the small-business vote, what a small business is and the distinctions it has from a big business can be found here.

“Small businesses significantly impact Arizona’s economy,” reports the Office of Advocacy at the U.S. Small Business Administration. “They represent 97.1 percent of all employers and employ 44.8 percent of the private-sector labor force. Small businesses are crucial to the fiscal condition of the state and numbered 495,227 in 2010. Most of Arizona’s small businesses have fewer than 20 employees.”

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.

NFIB Endorses Andy Tobin for Congress

Small Business Choice NFIB Sign-TopperAndy Tobin

His pro-small-business record in Legislature made him the clear choice

Calling his eight years in the Legislature “the high-water mark for pro-small-business policy advances,” the nation’s largest and leading small-business association today endorsed Andy Tobin for Congress over incumbent Ann Kirkpatrick.

“Andy Tobin’s four-terms in the Arizona House of Representatives represented this generation’s high-water mark for pro-small business policy advances,” said Farrell Quinlan, Arizona state director for the National Federation of Independent Business. “He justifiably deserves a fair amount of credit for those victories, because for most of those years, he was in the House majority leadership, including three years as the House Speaker. Historic cuts to personal and corporate income tax rates, trimming of the commercial and industrial property tax burden, doubling of the exemption on equipment and machinery taxes, simplification of sales tax administration, capital gains tax reduction and faster accelerated depreciation are only the top pro-free market tax policies that became law under Andy Tobin’s tenure in leadership. Regulatory reform, employment law improvements and modest advances in curbing lawsuit abuse were also hallmarks of his record. And all this occurred during one of the deepest and most persistent economic recessions in Arizona history.”

During Tobin’s eight years in the Arizona House, he earned a 96 percent voting record with NFIB, siding with Main Street job creators on 43 of 45 issues. The endorsement of Tobin (1st District) was made by NFIB’s SAFE (Save America’s Free Enterprise) Trust, the association’s political action committee. NFIB has 350,000 dues-paying members across the nation, including 7,000 in Arizona.

“For every session of Congress, we make it vividly clear what bills will be helpful or harmful to the nation’s small businesses,” said Lisa Goeas, NFIB’s vice president for political and grassroots, “and every representative and senator knows we are keeping a scorecard. Congresswoman Kirkpatrick earned only a 30 percent voting record on 10 issues vital to Main Street in the 113th Congress. That is no way to treat the people who employ more working Americans than big business, big labor or big government ever will. The engine of our economy will run much smoother with Andy Tobin in Congress.”

Brief, single-pages of bulleted information on the power of the small-business vote, what a small business is and the distinctions it has from a big business can be found here.

“Small businesses significantly impact Arizona’s economy,” reports the Office of Advocacy at the U.S. Small Business Administration. “They represent 97.1 percent of all employers and employ 44.8 percent of the private-sector labor force. Small businesses are crucial to the fiscal condition of the state and numbered 495,227 in 2010. Most of Arizona’s small businesses have fewer than 20 employees.”

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.

Small Business Backs Parker in Arizona’s Newly Formed 9th Congressional District

NFIB cites candidate’s strong positions on small business issues

PHOENIX, ARIZ., October 17, 2012 – The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) today announced its support for former Paradise Valley mayor Vernon Parker in the 9th Congressional District race.

Vernon Parker

“Vernon Parker is very clear that the new federal health care law damages the economy and takes an especially heavy toll on small businesses,” said Lisa Goeas, NFIB Vice President of Political and Grassroots.  “We’re encouraged by his pledge to repeal the law and, more generally, to reduce the scope and power of the federal government over decisions that are more appropriately made by small businesses and their customers.”

Parker faces former state legislator Kyrsten Sinema, whose voting record on small businesses was very disappointing.
At the start of every legislative session, NFIB ballots its members to identify their positions on key issues.  The organization then tracks the votes of every member of the Legislature and applies a simple score from zero to 100 percent (the best).  As a legislator, Sinema voted with Arizona small businesses only 26 percent of the time.

“Small businesses in Arizona need an advocate in Washington who will stand with them through the tough issues,” said NFIB Arizona State Director Farrell Quinlan.  “Kyrsten Sinema doesn’t have a strong record on the issues that concern our members and they believe that Vernon Parker will be a much more reliable ally in Washington.”

Parker’s endorsement comes from NFIB’s Save America’s Free Enterprise Trust (SAFE), the association’s political action committee, and is based on positions regarding key small-business issues including health care, taxes, and labor and regulatory issues.

Small-business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and are known for actively recruiting friends, family members and acquaintances to go to the polls. NFIB will encourage its members in Arizona to help turn out the small-business vote for Vernon Parker this coming Election Day.

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NFIB is the nation’s leading small-business advocacy association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small- and independent-business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists send their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information about NFIB is available online at www.NFIB.com/newsroom.

Small Business Backs McSally in Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District

NFIB cites candidate’s strong positions on small business issues

PHOENIX, ARIZ., October 17, 2012 – The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) today announced its support for former United States Airman Martha McSally in the 2nd Congressional District race.

“Martha McSally understands that it’s the private sector, and not the federal government, that is the engine of job growth in America,” said Lisa Goeas, NFIB Vice President of Political and Grassroots.  “She believes in reining in federal spending and creating a pro-growth environment in which small businesses can invest and create new jobs.”

Martha McSally

McSally faces former congressional staffer Ron Barber, who won a special election.  He disappointed Arizona small business owners by opposing an extension of all of the current federal tax rates, which are set to increase at the end of the year.

“The constant campaign by some members of Congress to raise income tax rates has led to the sense of uncertainty that inhibits small businesses from investing, expanding or hiring,” said NFIB Arizona State Director Farrell Quinlan.  “Our members were surprised that Congressman Barber joined that effort because of the heavy impact that it will have on small business job creators.”

McSally’s endorsement comes from NFIB’s Save America’s Free Enterprise Trust (SAFE), the association’s political action committee, and is based on positions regarding key small-business issues including health care, taxes, and labor and regulatory issues.

Small-business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and are known for actively recruiting friends, family members and acquaintances to go to the polls. NFIB will encourage its members in Arizona to help turn out the small-business vote for Martha McSally this coming Election Day.

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NFIB is the nation’s leading small-business advocacy association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small- and independent-business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists send their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information about NFIB is available online at www.NFIB.com/newsroom.

Small Business Backs Flake in U.S. Senate Race

NFIB says Congressman has done big things for small business
and that its members need him to bring reforms to the Senate

PHOENIX, ARIZ., October 16, 2012 – The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) today announced its support for Congressman Jeff Flake (R-6) in his race for the United States Senate. 

“Jeff Flake is one of the steadiest defenders of small business and free enterprise in Congress and he understands very keenly the need for fiscal reform, tax reform and regulatory reform,” said Lisa Goeas, NFIB Vice President of Political and Grassroots. “He knows that the only way for America to get back on track is to grow the private sector, which means reducing the burdens imposed by the federal government.”

Flake earned a perfect voting record on small business issues this session by pushing to repeal the controversial federal health care law, which NFIB strongly opposed, and other reforms that would expand the country’s energy supply, reduce regulations and reign in the EPA. At the start of every congressional session, NFIB surveys its members on key issues to identify their positions. Then the organization tracks the votes of every member of Congress and the Senate and applies a score form zero to 100 percent (the best), which becomes part of its Voting Record.  In the current session Flake turned in a perfect 100 percent.

Jeff Flake

“Jeff is a principled reformer and a consistent defender of small business,” said Goeas. “It’s very important for Arizona small business owners to send him to the US Senate.  He understands their concerns and he’s willing to fight the tough fights.”

NFIB State Director Farrell Quinlan said that the US Senate sorely needs more members like Flake who understand that the status quo in Washington is no longer acceptable.

“The United States Senate hasn’t passed a budget in three years,” said Quinlan. “There’s not a small business or a household in Arizona that could survive without some fiscal discipline and that’s exactly what Jeff Flake will bring to the institution.” 

Flake’s endorsement comes from NFIB’s Save America’s Free Enterprise Trust (SAFE), the association’s political action committee, and is based on positions regarding key small-business issues including health care, taxes, and labor and regulatory issues.

Small-business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and are known for actively recruiting friends, family members and acquaintances to go to the polls. NFIB will encourage its members in Arizona to help turn out the small-business vote for Jeff Flake this coming Election Day.

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NFIB is the nation’s leading small-business advocacy association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small- and independent-business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists send their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information about NFIB is available online at www.NFIB.com/newsroom.

Small Business Backs Paton in Newly Formed 1st Arizona Congressional District

NFIB cites candidate’s strong voting record on small business issues

PHOENIX, ARIZ., October 16, 2012 – The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) today announced its support for former state legislator Jonathan Paton in the newly drawn 1st Congressional District. 

Jonathan Paton

“Jonathan Paton was a solid defender of small business in the Arizona Legislature and his views on federal issues are perfectly consistent with the positions identified by our members in Arizona,” said Lisa Goeas, NFIB Vice President of Political and Grassroots.  “He was a strong voice for small business in Phoenix and our members are counting on his leadership in Washington.”

NFIB ballots its members to identify their positions on key federal and state issues.  The organization tracks the votes of every member of Congress and the respective legislatures and applies a score from zero to 100 percent (the best).  As a member of the Arizona Legislature, Paton earned a lifetime 82 percent score with NFIB.  His opponent, former one-term member of Congress Ann Kirkpatrick, voted with small business only 43 percent of the time during her tenure.

“Arizona small business owners want a representative in Washington who will do more than talk about supporting their interests,” said NFIB Arizona State Director Farrell Quinlan.  “We worked closely with Jonathan Paton in the state legislature and our members trust him to vote for small business on the tough issues.”

Paton’s endorsement comes from NFIB’s Save America’s Free Enterprise Trust (SAFE), the association’s political action committee, and is based on positions regarding key small-business issues including health care, taxes, and labor and regulatory issues.

Small-business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and are known for actively recruiting friends, family members and acquaintances to go to the polls. NFIB will encourage its members in Arizona to help turn out the small-business vote for Jonathan Paton this coming Election Day.

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NFIB is the nation’s leading small-business advocacy association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small- and independent-business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists send their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information about NFIB is available online at www.NFIB.com/newsroom.

NFIB Endorses Jesse Kelly in Arizona CD8 Special Election

Influential Small-Business Association Supports Candidate with Trusted Small-Business Experience

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 31, 2012 —The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading small-business association, today endorsed Jesse Kelly (R) to represent Arizona’s 8th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.  Kelly is seeking to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

“Jesse Kelly is the clear voice for small business in this race,” said Lisa Goeas, NFIB Vice President, Political and Grassroots.  “In stating that his run for Congress is motivated by three principles: lowering taxes, strengthening the economy, and fostering a climate that allows businesses to grow, Jesse is walking in line with the very motto that NFIB is founded upon.  Jesse Kelly will fight for affordable health-care solutions for small-business owners, and will work to get our country back on the path toward fiscal responsibility and economic prosperity.”

“Our members in Congressional District 8 spoke loud and clear when asked which candidate NFIB should support in this race,” said Farrell Quinlan, NFIB State Director for Arizona.  “Jesse Kelly received an overwhelming vote of support from NFIB members in his district, making him the clear small-business choice for Congress.”

NFIB has nearly 2,000 members in the 8th Congressional District, alone. Kelly’s endorsement comes from NFIB’s Save America’s Free Enterprise Trust (SAFE), the association’s political action committee, and is based on positions regarding key small-business issues including health care, taxes, and labor and regulatory issues.

Small-business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and are known for actively recruiting friends, family members and acquaintances to go to the polls. NFIB will encourage its members in Arizona to help turn out the small-business vote for Kelly this coming Special Election Day, June 12.

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NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small and independent business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists sends their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information is available online at www.NFIB.com/newsroom.