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National Federation of Independent Business Endorses Senator Boucher

National Federation of Independent Business Connecticut is pleased to endorse State Senator Toni Boucher‘s campaign for election to the Connecticut General Assembly in November.
In a letter dated September 18 “ Your voting record  over the last two legislative session on key issues important to small business indicated that you will continue to be committed to the needs of thousands on Main Street small businesses and their employees in CT when you are re-elected to serve in Hartford.” Andy Markowski, NFIB/Connecticut and Pat Caruso, Chairman NFBIA Safe Trust Committee
National Federation of Independent Business-the Voice of Small Business in Connecticut is the nation’s leading small business association.  It is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded in 1943 and represents the consensus views of its 350,000 members in Washington and all 50 state capitals. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of its members to own, operate and grow their businesses and plays a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system.
CBIA reports that State Senator Toni Boucher voting record on CBIA’s positions in 2011-2012 was 100 percent.
Connecticut Business and Industry (CBIA) states” General Assembly approved hundreds of bills over the last two years, many of them impacting the state’s economic recovery and job growth.”
“For a number of bills, like the tax increases (SB 1239) approved in 2011, the effect was dramatic and immediate: a record $1.9 billion in tax increases, including hikes in personal income taxes, sales taxes, and corporate taxes.”
“The impact of other bills, such as this year’s sweeping education reform bill, will be felt over the long term, as much-needed changes to the state’s public school system gradually take root.
And the bipartisan jobs bill approved during last October’s special session featured measures promoting innovation, developing short and long-term workforce development strategies, and sharpening the state’s economic developing tools.”
“Nonetheless, there were too many bills, including legislation this year to increase the minimum wage (it passed the House and died in the Senate) and the paid sick leave measure that passed in 2011, that were out of place in an economy struggling to recover from recession.”
“We need people who are willing to be serious about leaning the size and scope of government”
State Senator Toni Boucher earned 100 % voting record on the issue important to Connecticut’s businesses.
John R. Rathgeber, Connecticut Business and Industry Association President and CEO said in 2010,   “Con­necticut clearly needs a change in policy direction. We need lawmakers like Senator Toni Boucher who are committed to restoring business confidence in our state so that employers will invest, grow, and create jobs here. And we need leaders who are committed to solving our fiscal problems by making fundamental changes to reduce the size and cost of state government.”
(CBIA) is the largest representative business organization in the state. Members include businesses of all sizes from nearly all industries in Connecticut. Businesses from a broad spectrum of industries are represented, including manufacturing, insurance, financial services, biopharmaceutical, and technology research and development. CBIA is a leading voice at the State Capitol and before regulatory agencies for policies that promote economic growth, a fiscally responsible state government, and a dynamic business climate
State Senator Boucher has held leadership positions in both the public and private sectors. She has worked as an executive with Fortune 50 companies; co- founded small businesses; earned a MBA from UCONN; holds a series 7 and series 63 licenses; and currently works as a Director of a $26- billion nonprofit fund manager. Senator Boucher is a Board member of various nonprofit organizations and is a published speaker on Ethics and Nonprofits.