Back home, lawmakers hear from small business owners

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With the August congressional recess in full-swing, franchise businesses across the country have an opportunity to voice their concerns with lawmakers about critical issues facing the industry.

This morning’s Washington Post focuses on the contrasting views of Reps. Emanuel Cleaver II (D-Mo.) and his colleague, freshman Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.). Both lawmakers opposed the debt-ceiling increase, and now face voters and small business owners in Kansas City eager for progress on issues they feel are more in-line with the challenges and decisions they face every day. Consider this excerpt from the article regarding how out of touch some policymakers have been on issues affecting small business owners like many IFA members, such as the challenges posed by the current small business lending environment, taxes and the costs of the health care law. 

For his first event since the vote, Yoder gathered a small group of business people at Gates Bar-B-Q, in one of the poorer parts of his district. Owner George Gates worried that the provisions of the health care bill will force him to lay off employees. Valerie Mussett said if the government were like her business, there would simply be cuts across the board.

That was the dominant theme as Yoder moved around his district, which stretches from Democratic-leaning downtown Kansas City, Kan., to the liberal academic community around the University of Kansas in Lawrence, his alma mater. But most voters live in Johnson County, a Republican-dominated place that is home to Kansas’s priciest neighborhoods, best schools and a clutch of corporate headquarters, including Sprint and Applebee’s.

Read the full article on The Washington Post Web site

Posted by Matt Haller, IFA Director of Communications