Seven Arizona Members of Congress Honored as Guardians of Small Business by NFIB

McCain, Kyl and 5 Arizona Congressmen earn perfect 100% scores

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 12, 2012 – The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading small-business association, today named 294 members of Congress as Guardians of Small Business for their outstanding voting record on behalf of America’s small-business owners in the 111th Congress.

NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner praised the Senators and Representatives for “standing up for small business.”

In announcing the winners of the coveted Guardian of Small Business award, Danner said, “Small-business owners pay close attention to how their lawmakers vote on the issues affecting their businesses. The Guardian award is a symbol of sincere appreciation from the small-business community for votes that supported their ability to own, operate and grow their businesses.

“Small-business owners are also known to show their gratitude or disappointment at the ballot box. This November, NFIB members will know that these members of Congress are true small-business champions.”

Guardian awards are given to U.S. Senators and Representatives who vote favorably on key small business issues at least 70 percent of the time.

The following NFIB Guardian Award Winners for the 112th Congress representing Arizona all scored 100 percent:

U. S. Senate

Sen. Jon Kyl   

Sen. John McCain   

(with 45 senators from other states)

U. S. House of Representatives

Rep. Jeff Flake

Rep. Trent Franks

Rep. Paul Gosar

Rep. Ben Quayle

Rep. David Schweikert

(with 242 representatives from other states)

EDITOR’S NOTE: To view How Congress Voted, which has the key small-business votes and voting percentages for each lawmaker, go to http://www.NFIB.com/hcv.

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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 350,000 members 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.

New Study: Higher Tax Rates Will Hurt Economy, Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 17, 2012 —New research, released today by the National Federation of Independent Business, shows that allowing tax relief on the top individual rates to expire will hurt job creation and the economy. The report, published by top accounting firm Ernst & Young, shows raising top individual rates would hurt small-business job creators in particular.

“This report clearly shows that raising taxes on job creators will have a negative impact,” said NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner. “It is absolutely the wrong time to hike taxes on millions of business owners. On top of that, the threat that small businesses could get pushed over the Fiscal Cliff in order to push through this tax increase is creating an immeasurable amount of uncertainty among small businesses trying to plan for the future.”

Link: Long-run macroeconomic impact of increasing tax rates on high income taxpayers in 2013

The study, authored by Dr. Robert Carroll and Gerald Prante, estimated the effects of the policy advocated by President Obama and some Members of Congress to allow the top tax rates paid by small-business owners to rise sharply starting January 1, 2013. It finds that over time the economy would be 1.3 percent smaller and there would be 710,000 fewer jobs. More than 72 percent of S corporation income is earned by the half-million S corporation owners who pay the top two rates.

Increasing individual rates directly impacts small businesses organized as S corporations, partnerships, LLCs and sole proprietors, also known as “pass-through” businesses. NFIB research shows around 75 percent of all small businesses are organized in such a manner.

Together with the new 3.8 percent tax on investment income introduced in the health care reform law, the study finds that the top tax rate on pass-through business income would skyrocket from 35 to nearly 45 percent.

The study was commissioned by NFIB in partnership with the S Corporation Association, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Independent Community Bankers Association.

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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 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 is available online at www.NFIB.com/newsroom.

NFIB Responds to Obama’s “you didn’t build that” Statement

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 16, 2012The following statement is the response from NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner to President Obama’s declaration over the weekend that “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that.  Somebody else made that happen.” 

“What a disappointment to hear President Obama’s revealing comments challenging the significance of America’s entrepreneurs.

“His unfortunate remarks over the weekend show an utter lack of understanding and appreciation for the people who take a huge personal risk and work endless hours to start a business and create jobs.

“I’m sure every small-business owner who took a second mortgage on their home, maxed out their credit cards or borrowed money from their own retirement savings to start their business disagrees strongly with President Obama’s claim. They know that hard work does matter.

“Every small business is not indebted to the government or some other benefactor. If anything, small businesses are historically an economic and job-creating powerhouse in spite of the government.”

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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

Small Business Left Vulnerable to Unfair Big Labor Tactics

Senate Fails to Nullify NLRB “Ambush” Election Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 24, 2012 — The United States Senate was today tasked with voting to nullify an upcoming change in workplace unionization rules that would dramatically undermine an employer’s opportunity to learn of and respond to union organization.  The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a rule to reduce this amount of time from 38 days to 20 days or less.  Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) introduced legislation, S.J. Res. 36, to nullify this rule and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) took this issue across the country in a national ‘Call to Action’ for its membership, and highlighted the importance of this vote in a Key Vote letter to the Hill.

“Protecting the rights of our members to own, operate, and grow their own businesses is the motto of NFIB, and this latest rule change by the NLRB threatens this at its core,” said Dan Danner, CEO of the National Federation of Independent Business. “By failing to nullify this rule, Senate Democrats have once again allowed Big Labor intimidation tactics to infiltrate small business and commandeer Main Street.  We tasked our extensive grassroots network across the country with a ‘Call to Action’ to urge senators on both sides of the aisle to support Senator Enzi’s common-sense resolution, but once again, politics has dictated policy.  Instead of a fair, level playing field for unionization in the workplace, the NLRB has given labor bosses a significant advantage over small-business owners, leaving them vulnerable and unsure of what will come their way next.”

The National Federation of Independent Business has been very engaged in ensuring that workplace unionization is the result of a fair and informed decision by employees, and has worked to limit the scope of the NLRB’s pro-Big Labor policies.  In an op-ed running today on Fox News.com, Dan Danner gave a final push to urge senators to support Senator Enzi’s resolution.

By not nullifying this NLRB rule, the Senate has allowed non-confirmed members of the NLRB to change labor law and has conceded its legislative responsibility to the NLRB.

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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.