MADISON (February 8, 2017): In response to today’s budget address, the following statement may be attributed to Bill G. Smith, National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Wisconsin State Director:
Just a few short years ago, with an eye on long-term fiscal stability for Wisconsin, Governor Walker made difficult budgeting decisions that were panned by his critics. Thanks to his determination to stand up to the naysayers, today we are able to reap the benefits of sound budgeting decisions and strong leadership and look towards the future for a full repeal of prevailing wage as well as an end to project labor agreements.
What we heard from the Governor regarding substantive tax breaks and fee reductions while adding additional funds to services is proof that common-sense reforms sustained over time lead to a strong and prosperous state economy. Wisconsin has created over 50,000 new businesses during Governor Walker’s time in office and those businesses are doing well thanks to a stable and predictable economic environment. That coupled with a legislature that values their contribution to their communities, small business owners are able to make reasonable decisions regarding their businesses knowing that our fiscal house is in order and the future is certain.
We look forward to working with legislators on both sides of the aisle to make the vision that Governor Walker proposed today a reality.