MacEwen receives Guardian of Small Business Award for support of job creators

Rep. Drew MacEwen, R-Union, recently received the “Guardian of Small Business Award” by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) for his perfect voting record defending small employers during the 2013-14 legislative sessions.

“It's an honor and privilege, as a fellow small-business owner, to stand in support of pro-jobs measures in the Legislature, as well as fight against policies that hurt small employers' ability to retain and create jobs around the state,” said MacEwen, who is an NFIB member. “In my daily operations, I wrestle with a growing amount of paperwork and regulations each year. Many of the so-called 'good ideas' coming from Olympia can strangle employers that don't have a host of staff and attorneys to translate and keep up with all the new laws and agency rules. This is why lawmakers must stay vigilant to keep a watchful eye on all legislative and agency policies that could help our hurt small businesses.”

Patrick Connor, state director for the Washington state chapter of NFIB, said his group is proud to recognize legislators like MacEwen who support small businesses at every turn.

The award recipients are graded on votes they take during the two-year legislative cycle that benefit or harm small businesses. A lawmaker must have an 80 percent voting record or better to receive the award. MacEwen received a 100 percent voting record on the 10 House bills tracked by NFIB. The report card, including descriptions of the legislation, can be found here.

Sixty percent of members of the NFIB, America's Voice of Small Business since 1943, have five or fewer employees. Small businesses are crucial to the fiscal condition of the state and numbered 546,885 in 2010.

The 2014 legislative session ended on March 13. The 2015 legislative session will begin on January 12.


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