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The state’s leading advocate for small business owners today said the Governor’s initial focus on the horrifying tragedy in Newtown was perfectly appropriate and sincerely received.  The remainder of his speech, said the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB),  was encouraging as well for its focus  on Connecticut’s economic problems.

“It was a very different speech this year,” said Andrew Markowski, State Director for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). “He focused on Newtown as well as the impact that recent storms have had on Connecticut.  He acknowledged our economic problems and we look forward to hearing more specifics in the coming weeks.”

Markowski said that small business owners want the Governor to reinforce in the coming weeks the need to solve the state’s fiscal problems without raising taxes.

“We would also like to see a real debate within the new legislature over broad-based tax reform so that consumers, investors and small business owners can grow the economy and create more jobs,” he said.

Markowski said the Governor and the new Legislature should lead a public conversation on the role of government in the economy and whether the proliferation of rules and mandates for business serves or hampers the economy.

“We would like to have a public examination of the size and scope of the state’s regulatory system and whether it fosters or frustrates economic growth,” he said. “And we would like to know whether small businesses will have to spend another year fighting against a minimum wage hike, restrictions on employer speech, expansion of paid leave mandates, or other heavy-handed intrusions into the private sector.”

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