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National Federation of Independent Businesses Endorses Boucher

State Senator Toni Boucher (R-26) was endorsed last week by the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB).

NFIB is the leading small-business association in the nation with thousands of members in Connecticut representing a cross-section of the state’s economy. For more than 75 years, NFIB has been advocating on behalf of America’s small and independent business owners, both in Washington, D.C., and in all 50 state capitals. NFIB is nonprofit, nonpartisan, and member-driven.

In its statement to Boucher’s campaign from Wendy Traub, chair of the NFIB CT PAC, the organization said, “The NFIB Connecticut PAC is pleased to inform you that we have endorsed your candidacy for the Connecticut General Assembly in this November’s election. The NFIB CT PAC believes that you will be committed to the needs of thousands of Main Street small businesses and their employees in Connecticut when you are elected to serve in Hartford.”

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On receiving the endorsement, Boucher remarked, “It is extremely gratifying to be recognized, once again, by the nation’s largest association of Independent businesses.

Advocating and supporting businesses is one of my highest priorities in the legislature. As both a state senator and a business woman, I know that in order to bring back Connecticut’s economy we need to make it a more business friendly state.”

Lavielle Endorsed by NFIB, Nation’s Leading Small Business Association

The National Federation of Independent Business endorsed State Representative Gail Lavielle (R-143) for reelection on Nov. 6 to the General Assembly’s 143rd House district, which includes parts of Norwalk, Westport, and Wilton.

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NFIB is Connecticut’s and the country’s leading small-business association with thousands of members in Connecticut representing a cross-section of the state’s economy. For 75 years, NFIB has been advocating on behalf of America’s small and independent business owners, both in Washington, D.C., and in all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan, and member-driven organization, NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the rights of small and independent business owners to own, operate, and grow their businesses.

“The NFIB Connecticut PAC is pleased to inform you that we have endorsed your candidacy for the Connecticut General Assembly in this November’s election,” wrote Wendy Traub, Chair, NFIB CT PAC and Sharon Sykes, Grassroots Manager, NFIB CT, in their endorsement letter dated September 28, 2018. “The NFIB CT PAC believes that you will be committed to the needs of thousands of Main Street small businesses and their employees in Connecticut when you are elected to serve in Hartford. Thank you for standing with NFIB on the issues important to small business.”

“Over the past decade, Connecticut’s economy has shrunk by 8%, and it’s the only New England state that hasn’t recovered all the jobs it lost during the recession,” Lavielle said, following the NFIB’s endorsement. “More than 75% of our state’s businesses have fewer than 20 employees, so small businesses are a key driver of our economy. It’s critical to make it easier for them to do business in Connecticut so that both young people and experienced professionals can have access to a vibrant job market with a full range of career opportunities. One of my highest priorities is helping small businesses reduce their structural costs and eliminating burdensome regulations that make it more difficult for them to operate. I am grateful for the NFIB’s endorsement and its recognition of my commitment to fighting for policies that will make our state friendlier to business.”

Editor’s Note:  Will Haskell, running for State Senate in the 26th district, received an endorsement from President Barack Obama yesterday. That can be found here.