MD's NFIB Voting Record keeps track of key small business votes during legislative session
Annapolis (Sept. 26, 2018) – NFIB, Maryland’s leading small business advocacy organization, released its 2015-18 legislative Voting Record today. The Voting Record identifies the top issues for Maryland small business owners, tracks the votes of every legislator, and calculates a score on a scale of 100-percent. The Voting Record is a tool that allows small-business owners and small-business supporters to cut through the political rhetoric, so they can easily understand which Annapolis lawmakers truly support Maryland’s small businesses by analyzing their actual votes. NFIB’s Maryland State Voting Record is also a key component in NFIB’s decision to endorse incumbent legislators.
“This past legislative term showed small business priorities were front and center throughout these past four years. Many NFIB priorities were acted upon, but some Annapolis proposals show that there are legislators who do not understand the difficulties facing our state’s small businesses,” said Mike O’Halloran, NFIB Maryland State Director. “The General Assembly delivered on some much needed regulatory relief and tax incentives. Senate and House Majorities, however, pushed through a terrible mandated paid leave proposal that will have a chilling effect on small business owners and employees. While Maryland still has more work to do in creating a competitive, inviting small business environment, we are pleased to see NFIB’s voice was heard and many legislators’ Voting Record scores reflect that.”
O’Halloran was quick to note that for every positive step the legislature made, there were still measures proposed and passed that wiped out that progress.
“The General Assembly still needs to find ways to create an economic climate that organically attracts small business investment and growth. Progress is appreciated, but small businesses need lawmakers from both parties to stay razor-focused on the many challenges and cost drivers that continue to make it difficult for small businesses to establish, operate, and grow in Maryland.”
The Voting Record examines fifteen key bills in the General Assembly that highlight NFIB’s small business priorities during the 2015-18 legislative term.
To view and download the 2015-18 NFIB’s Maryland Voting Record, click here. (http://www.nfib.com/maryland/voting-record/)
For more information about NFIB, please visit www.nfib.com/maryland.