NFIB gives local state legislators high marks for voting record

Staff Reports Posted 24 September 2018 at 5:27 pm

Ortt gets perfect score, while Hawley and Norris also backed bills for small businesses

The National Federation of Independent Business today released its legislative voting record and gave State Sen. Rob Ortt (R-North Tonawanda) a perfect score.

Steve Hawley (R-Batavia) and Mike Norris (R-Lockport) also had near-perfect scores for their votes in the State Assembly. Hawley and Norris both represents parts of Orleans County.

The NFIB analyzed eight votes on bills in Democratic-led Assembly and Republican-controlled Senate out of more than 100 measures that had been tracked by the NFIB, including budget bills, regulatory actions and the New York Health Act.

Ortt was in line with NFIB in 8 out of 8 votes, while Hawley and Norris voted with 7 out of 8 bills tracked by NFIB. Click here to see the report card.

NFIB wants to see the state reduce taxes and regulations on businesses.

“Running a small business in New York State has become more difficult with each passing day,” Ortt said in a statement. “Because of the overbearing regulations we see imposed on our state’s business owners by reckless Albany politicians and bureaucrats, it’s more difficult than ever for entrepreneurs to run with their ideas or for a decades-old family business to continue operations.

“While many prefer to fill the state coffers off taxes collected from small businesses, I am proud to stand with the mom and pop operations across this state. These businesses are the job creators of our state and the backbone of our local economies. Legislators must stop the nickel-and-diming of New York’s employers, and understand that without them, there is no future for our state’s economy.”

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