Governor: Government is still hamstringing small businesses

We’ve had a string of good economic news in Arizona lately. August marked our 23rd consecutive month of 2 percent or greater year-over-year job growth. The poverty rate has fallen, and more than 400,000 people moved here between April 2010 and July 2015. While good policies like tax reform, reduced regulatory red tape and a new crowdfunding law… Read More

Candidates, media must address economic issues, not sideshows

As the presidential campaign increasingly becomes indistinguishable from reality-TV, it’s easy to forget the real issues facing Ohioans and the country as a whole. While such pocketbook issues may not drive the news-cycle like the recent leaked communications of the presidential candidates, they do drive the state and the national… Read More

Nationwide bus tour highlights threats small businesses face

At a rally in Flint, Michigan last week, a former U.S. president highlighted how American small businesses are “getting killed” by the Affordable Care Act. The ACA is just one of many recent regulations that is preventing American small businesses from thriving. Beginning this year, businesses with 50 or more… Read More

Gov. Mary Fallin: Pushing back against bad federal policy

Last week, Oklahoma joined 20 other states in a legal challenge of the federal Department of Labor’s new overtime rule that is set to take effect in December. It’s another example of how Oklahoma’s elected officials are working to protect the state’s small businesses. The new overtime rule requires employers… Read More

Don’t overlook impact of regulations on Colorado small businesses

The decisions made by Colorado voters on Election Day will have far-reaching implications for the state’s small businesses and its economy as a whole. The ballot measures proposing state-run healthcare and a dramatic minimum wage increase would significantly raise small businesses’ taxes and entry-level labor costs, respectively. These proposals pose… Read More

Federal and state threats to small businesses

The small businesses in my congressional district consistently ask me to make the federal government’s policies more like Colorado’s. The pro-growth policies in this state have made it one of the best for small businesses in the country. That may soon change. On Election Day, Colorado voters face two ballot… Read More

Conventions should address small-business issues

Will the Republican and Democratic Party nominating conventions happening last week and this address the concerns of small businesses? Based on the tone of the election season so far, it won’t be a surprise if small-business issues are left on the back burner. Candidates from both parties have repeatedly attacked… Read More

Roll back rules, taxes on small businesses

Small business is the lifeblood of the U.S. economy. American small businesses accounted for almost two-thirds of net new jobs created between 1993 and 2011 – a grand total of 11.8 million new career opportunities. North Carolina is no exception: The state is home to more than 833,000 small businesses,… Read More

New tax bill would help struggling labor market

The May jobs report recently released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that a mere 38,000 jobs were created last month, the lowest monthly jobs gain since 2010. This year has been the weakest start to a year in terms of job creation since 2009. Commentators blamed the weak… Read More