California's Small Businesses Praise Senator Nielsen's Voting Record

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Citing his experience and strong advocacy of small businesses, the National Federation of Independent Business/California (NFIB) awarded Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) a perfect score of 100 percent.

“California continues to be a difficult place to do business – from the burdensome regulations to the out-of-control lawsuits,” said Senator Nielsen. “Elected leaders must do all we can to hold the line and help small businesses thrive. I am humbled to have received such an honor from NFIB.”

“Senator Nielsen is a leader we turn to in our efforts to support small businesses. We applaud his dedication and passion in supporting small businesses and protecting them from additional taxes, mandates, and complex regulations,” added Tom Scott, NFIB/CA State Executive Director.

NFIB assessed lawmakers on 12 bills vital to the health of small business in California. Twenty-nine lawmakers out of 120 had impressive 100 percent scores; however, 62 legislators failed small business this year with scores ranging from 27 percent to just eight percent.

Lawmakers’ voting records are compiled and scored annually to provide Californians with a valuable tool to determine how state legislators acted on major mandates, regulations and tax legislation, and to hold elected officials accountable for anti-small business votes. 

Established in 1946, the National Federation of Independent Business has been the Voice of Small Business, taking the message from Main Street to the halls of Congress and all 50 state legislatures.

NFIB has 350,000 dues-paying members nationally, with over 22,000 in California. NFIB annually surveys its members on state and federal issues vital to their survival, and as they are America's economic engine and biggest creator of jobs, the growth of the American economy.