NFIB Voice of Free Enterprise Buys Radio Ads Urging Lawmakers to Save Small-Business Tax Cuts
TOPEKA, April 22, 2015 — NFIB The Voice of Free Enterprise Inc., today launched a statewide radio ad campaign urging lawmakers to preserve the small-business tax cuts passed in 2012.
“When the governor signed legislation reducing and eliminating income taxes on most small businesses, he helped jumpstart the state’s stalled economy,” said Dan Murray, state director of NFIB/Kansas. “By signing those tax cuts into law, Governor Brownback gave small, family businesses the confidence they needed in order to expand and create jobs.
“Rolling back those tax cuts would be the same as passing a tax increase on small businesses, and Kansas can’t afford that,” Murray said.
“We’re running out of time to tell legislators to support small businesses—and small-business jobs—by leaving those tax cuts alone,” Murray said. “Kansas can’t afford to break the promises it made to taxpayers only three sessions ago.
“Small businesses have to stick to a budget and live within their means,” Murray said. “They can’t spend money they don’t have. We expect the Legislature to do the same. We need to cut spending and eliminate waste in state government before we even consider the possibility of raising taxes on small businesses, their employees and their families.”
NFIB/Kansas is the state’s leading small-business association with over 4,000 dues-paying members representing a cross section of the state’s economy.
Here is a transcript of the ad:
“Here’s a question: Did you know that 44 percent of Kansans work for businesses with fewer than 50 employees? And now, unbelievably, the Kansas Legislature is planning massive tax hikes on local Kansas-based small businesses. Help the National Federation of Independent Business stand up for small, family businesses. Visit KSLegislature.com and tell your representatives to leave small-business taxes alone. That’s KSLegislature.com. Paid for and authorized by NFIB The Voice of Free Enterprise Inc. NFIB.com/VFE.”
Voice of Free Enterprise (VFE) is dedicated to promoting free enterprise and entrepreneurship in communities large and small across America. We believe that America’s entrepreneurial spirit is our greatest resource, and must be protected and fostered in order to give our nation’s current entrepreneurs, and the next generation of innovators, job creators and risk takers, the greatest chances to succeed in the ever-changing global economy. VFE is committed to enhancing American free enterprise through education and awareness at the national, state and local levels. As an advocate for all Americans concerned about the current state of small and independent businesses, the VFE will fight to increase opportunities for participation in our free enterprise system, and for responsible, pro-growth government policies that promote American business ownership and entrepreneurship. VFE is affiliated with the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).
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State & Federal Regulations
Overzealous regulation is a perennial cause of concern for small business owners and is particularly burdensome when the nation’s economy teeters on the brink of disaster. Unfortunately, the regulatory burden on small business continues to grow. Congress must step in and curtail costly regulations, particularly those of such anti-small business arms of government as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Labor, which fail to fairly and effectively weigh the costs and benefits of excessive regulations to the American public.
NFIB is fighting to prevent an end-of-year tsunami of bad tax policy that will impact all Americans. If Congress fails to act, a slew of expiring tax provisions will raise taxes on both business owners and their customers. Among the tax provisions scheduled to dramatically increase at the end of 2012 are marginal tax rates for individuals, the estate tax, capital gains and dividend rates. We are committed to advocating for a permanent solution to this problem that will provide both tax relief and certainty to small businesses.
Small business owners know that employees are their most valuable resource. They work hard to train and retain employees by creating a rewarding workplace. However, government rules and regulations have made labor issues more complicated than ever. Small businesses operate differently than large businesses; they do not have human-resources departments to track the changing standards and mandates that affect their workforce and workplace. NFIB urges Congress to simplify the employment process for small business, eliminate burdensome mandates and prevent cumbersome regulations that inhibit job creation.