|Nugent Launches New Jobs Initiative|
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Rep. Rich Nugent (FL-05) announced today a new, coordinated effort to gather ideas specifically from small business owners:
“Over the past year, I’ve been steadily meeting with small business owners to ask them what they think needs to be done. Pretty much all of them, from New Port Richey and Spring Hill to the Villages and Lakeland, all say the same things – customer demand is persistently weak, loans are harder to come by than they used to be, and they have no idea what their tax and regulatory burden is going to be eighteen months from now. But the more you talk to business owners, the more it becomes clear that there are also concrete policies that affect individual industries and companies differently. Construction, in other words, isn’t necessarily facing the same challenges as small manufacturing. The key to helping businesses create good, sustainable jobs is drilling down into those differences and changing things that aren’t working.
“The question we are posing to small business owners all over the district is this: What would it take for you to create one new position in your company? Is it a new line of credit from the bank? Is it new orders hitting a certain level? Is it a specific tax rate? A certain regulatory filing requirement? A state law? A federal law? Or just plain confidence about where things are going?
“We’re going to compile the suggestions we get from small business owners and we’re going to get the word out about what they need to put Floridians back to work. At the end of the day, if you want to know why small businesses aren’t hiring, ask a small business owner. Don’t ask think tanks or college professors, ask the people on the ground who are actually weighing the real-life consequences and making the real-life decisions.