NFIB endorses Barto for State Senate

September 9, 2010 by  

NFIB/Arizona praises lawmaker for her 100-percent, pro-small business voting record

PHOENIX, Ariz., August 31, 2010 – The political action committee of Arizona’s leading small business association today announced its endorsement of Rep. Nancy Barto for election to the open Legislative District 7 seat in the Arizona Senate.

“Rep. Barto has a fundamental appreciation of the fact that small businesses are not smaller versions of big businesses, but instead have distinctively different difficulties in remaining solvent,” said Farrell Quinlan, NFIB/Arizona state director, who listed taxes (more than 80 percent of small business owners are single filers, meaning personal, not corporate, tax rates matter more to them), healthcare (less than half of small business owners in America can afford it), and regulations (small business owners pay almost twice as much to comply with the same regulation as big businesses do) as the three biggest differences.

“Every legislator claims to be a friend of small business, but when it comes time to vote on issues vital to Main Street, mom-and-pop enterprises, Rep. Nancy Barto has been a woman of her word time and time again. We are honored to have her as an ally and thank her for her stellar 100-percent, pro-small business record in the last session of the Legislature.”

Endorsements of incumbents were based on 15 votes taken during the 2009-2010 Regular Session of the Arizona Legislature that NFIB supported or opposed. NFIB/Arizona represents 7,500 member businesses.

The political clout of small business is more influential than most people know:

• In April, the Pew Research Center released a study on the negative and positive views people hold on various American institutions. Small business came out first, 39 percentage points higher than labor unions, 46 points higher than large corporations, and 49 points higher than banks and financial institutions.
• Small business owners comprise 15 percent of all registered voters in the U.S., by comparison union voters make up 11.9 percent. When small business employees are added, the small business voting bloc swells to 43 percent.
• The most common public affairs and political activities in which small employers engage, according to the NFIB Research Foundation, include initiating discussions with employees regarding the impact of a policy issue on the firm.
• Voters prefer candidates supported by small business by a margin of 3 to 1 over those supported by organized labor, according to the Winston Group

# # #

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.

To view 2010 NFIB Legislative Victories, click here.

Comments

Speak Your Mind

Tell us what you're thinking...
and oh, if you want a pic to show with your comment, go get a gravatar!