Lakewood lawmaker had 95-percent, pro-Main Street voting record in the Legislature
OLYMPIA, Wash., May 31, 2012—The political action committee for Washington state’s biggest job-creators today announced its endorsement of Sen. Mike Carrell for re-election to his 28th Legislative District seat. Carrell earned the endorsement of the National Federation of Independent Business’ Washington SAFE Trust (Save America’s Free Enterprise) for his 95-percent pro-small-business voting record during the last session of the Legislature. NFIB is America’s leading small-business association.
“Every candidate on earth claims to be a friend of small business, but Sen. Mike Carrell proves it time and time again,” said Patrick Connor, NFIB’s Washington state director. “As a key member of the senate health care and judiciary committees, Sen. Carrell has taken on powerful groups like Big Labor, Big Business, trial lawyers, and other advocates of bigger government to defend small business from excessive and expensive new regulations, mandates and threats of litigation. He is a true champion for small business and free enterprise.”
Lawmakers were scored on 10 votes vital to small business taken in the state House of Representatives and Senate during the 2011-2012 session of the Washington State Legislature. Incumbents earning NFIB’s endorsement had to have voted with small business 75 percent of the time. A description of the 10 bills and each lawmaker’s vote on them can be found at www.nfib.com/wa/votingrecord.
The political clout of small business is more influential than most people know:
- A study by the Pew Research Center on the negative and positive views people hold on various American institutions found small business ranked first—39 percentage points higher than labor unions, 46 points higher than large corporations, and 49 points higher than banks and financial institutions.
- Small business owners comprise 15 percent of all registered voters in the U.S., by comparison union voters make up 11.9 percent. When small business employees are added, the small business voting bloc swells to 43 percent.
- Voters prefer candidates supported by small business by a margin of 3 to 1 over those supported by organized labor, according to the Winston Group.
NFIB is the nation’s leading small-business advocacy association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small- and independent-business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists send their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information about NFIB is available online at www.NFIB.com/newsroom.
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