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Local representatives low on independent ranking for small business law

May 12, 2014

The National Federation of Independent Business has ranked local lawmakers based on their voting record with bills meant to assist small business, and local representatives are in the lower rankings.

According to NFIB, “Without exception every elected official claims to be a friend of Main Street”, but they say that their Guardian of Small Business Award winners list the only “accurate barometer measuring true friends.”

After the completion of each two-year session of the Washington State Legislature, the NFIB recognizes those legislators who voted with small business on issues directly impacting them. These issues included new taxes, medical, and other issues.

“Talk is the cheapest and easiest commodity in politics, and you don’t have to be well-funded to be full of it,” said Patrick Connor, NFIB’s Washington state director, “what counts – and what we count – are the votes when it matters. It delights me to report that 15 senators and 31 representatives had perfect, 100-percent, pro-small-business voting records on the 19 key issues we measured them on.”

Locally, Representatives Steve Tharinger and Kevin Van De Wege only received a 10% when voting on these 19 issues, while Senator Jim Hargrove received a 44%. Representatives Brian Blake and Dean Takko also only showed a 10% voting record, with Senator Brian Hatfield held a 44% voting record.

Another 23 state lawmakers had between 80 percent and 90 percent voting records, reported Connor.

The issues and each legislator’s vote on them can be found at KXRO.com .

Voting Records: Report card time for legislators

NFIB

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