Fiorina Speaks To Business Leaders At NFIB “Tele-Town Hall” Event

Date: January 08, 2016

Businesswoman Calls For Regulatory, Tax Reductions

The Business Journals reported that on Thursday, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina became the fifth GOP presidential candidate “to take questions from business owners in a series of ‘tele-town halls’ hosted” by the NFIB and five other business associations. Fiorina called for a simplified tax code to help small businesses and a reduction in the regulatory burdens that businesses face. According to Fiorina, “We’ve become a nation of rules,” and she argued that the federal government has created so many regulations that many companies do not know whether a rule applies to them or not. Fiorina said that this has caused companies to be “more risk-averse because the consequences of breaking these rules ‘can be so terrible.’” According to Construction Dive, Fiorina told business groups that “she would reform the tax code, reduce federal regulations, and focus on pro-business legislation” if elected president. She also commented on labor agreements, stating, “The federal government has no business telling businesses how to run their business. That is what these project labor agreements do.” Fiorina also called for a “top to bottom review of every single regulation on the book,” saying, “We need to hack through the regulatory thicket.”

What This Means For Small Businesses

The 2016 presidential campaign has seen a broad focus on the headline-grabbing negative attacks of candidates, rather than on substantive discussion of issues that matter to small businesses. Efforts by the NFIB and other business groups to bring small business owners’ questions to presidential candidates have been a welcome addition to the campaign, and will hopefully prompt further discussion of the issues important to this vital group of US job creators.

Additional Reading

The Boston Business Journal and Women’s Wear Daily also covered the story.

Note: this article is intended to keep small business owners up on the latest news. It does not necessarily represent the policy stances of NFIB.

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