NFIB Supports Limits to State Spending

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NFIB supports legislative efforts to limit state spending
Small businesses hesitate to expand when they don’t know if tax bills will rise

HARRISBURG, (February 23, 2015) – The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) which represents 15,000 small businesses in Pennsylvania, praised efforts by Senator Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) and Camera Bartolotta (R-Greene) to limit state spending. The bills, announced and introduced today, would require that spending increases be tied to inflation with any additional revenue returned to taxpayers, to a rainy day fund and to pay off the state’s growing pension debt.

"Small-business owners will not invest in new equipment, expand or hire new employees if they are uncertain about whether a huge tax hike is headed their way," said NFIB/PA Executive State Director Kevin Shivers. "This legislation will offer a sense of assurance and in return we should see small businesses grow.

"There has been a slow recovery from the recession in Pennsylvania and small-business owners have also faced spiraling health care costs. If these entrepreneurs knew there were limits on increasing taxes in the upcoming year, they might be less skittish about investing money in growth and job creation."

NFIB is also grateful to Rep. Tim Krieger (R-Westmoreland) for sponsoring similar legislation in the House.
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