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Walberg Champions Main Street Jobs Plan Following District-Wide Small Business Tour

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Washington, April 14, 2016 | comments

Washington, D.C.
 – Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) today introduced H.R. 4936, the Main Street Jobs and Opportunity Act, legislation to support new jobs by reducing regulatory burdens on small businesses and encouraging them to innovate, expand, and create more job opportunities in their community. The bill is a result of Congressman Walberg holding roundtables and panel discussions in every county in Michigan’s 7th District and touring nearly 140 small businesses, farms, and manufacturers so far this session.
“Talk to any small business owner and they’ll tell you how challenging it is to operate in this environment of endless red tape and excessive taxation,” said Congressman Tim Walberg. “Government should be asking small businesses how to help them succeed, not telling them how to run their company. My bill will help grow a healthy economy for all, not just Washington’s, so more men and women can find work and build a brighter future for their families.”
Developed with input from business owners across Michigan’s 7th District, the bill includes seven key provisions to help small businesses grow, including repealing the Death Tax, providing paperwork relief, reducing occupational licensing barriers, and creating small business start-up savings account. Family farmers and small business owners throughout the 7th District praised Congressman Walberg for listening to their concerns and working on their behalf to address them.

“For seven generations, our family has worked hard to build our family farm and provide greater opportunity to our sons and daughters. Taxing our farm as it is handed down, on assets that have already been taxed for years, is unfair and a threat to our family’s life work and savings,” said Jim Spink, a farmer from Jackson County. “Repealing the Death Tax will help preserve family-owned farms and small businesses while spurring job creation and economic growth in Michigan.”

“Small businesses would rather focus on growing and hiring additional employees, but they are constantly overwhelmed with unnecessary red tape that strains their limited time and resources,” said Joan Demlow, owner of Demlow Products in Lenawee County. “As small businesses maneuver through the complicated regulatory process, waiving penalties for most first time paperwork mistakes will protect them from excessive fines as they work to create jobs in the community.”

“Excessive occupational licensing regulations create unnecessary barriers for economic growth and individual freedom. By encouraging interstate licensing agreements and reducing these harmful restrictions, I would be able to expand my small business into neighboring states and hire more workers in our community,” said Brad Benzing, owner of Brad’s Appliance in Hillsdale County.

“Repealing the 30-hour definition of full time employment in the Affordable Care Act for purposes of the employer mandate and replacing it with a 40-hour definition for full time employee would be a great benefit to small business,” said Jill Marlan, owner of Peak Performance Physical Therapy in Eaton County. “This will allow small business owners the freedom to staff accordingly and not be mandated to provide additional coverage below what has been previously known as full time. This will allow free enterprise for an employee and decrease unnecessary mandates for the business owners. A win-win.”

To learn more about the Main Street Jobs and Opportunity Act, visit walberg.house.gov/smallbusiness.
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