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State Rep. Glenn Anderson receives small business award six times over

The National Federation of Independent Business gives legislators who support small businesses awards every two years

Since 2000, the year he was elected to the State House of Representatives, Glenn Anderson, R-Fall City, has received the Guardian of Small Business Award from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). The award recipients are graded on votes they take during the two-year legislative cycle that help or hurt small businesses.

A lawmaker must have an 80 percent voting record or higher to secure the accolade. For the 2011-12 legislative cycle, 10 votes were counted as priority legislation for the state’s small employers.

“When people think of Washington state, they often times think of our large employers, however small businesses make up 98 percent of all employers in the state. They are the cornerstone to our economic well-being and their health determines the overall economic and job-creation health of our state,” said Anderson. “Every time we vote on a measure that can help or upend small businesses, it matters. A single vote on policies that impact small businesses can mean the difference between slowly moving out of this recession, or charging out of it.”

According to a report authored this year by the United States Small Business Administration, small businesses totaled 532,162 in Washington in 2009. They represent 98.1 percent of all employers and employ 53.3 percent of the private-sector workforce.

 

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