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Small Business Advocacy Group Back Klarides, Ferraro, Staneski, Kennedy

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) backed sitting State Representatives Themis Klarides and Charles Ferraro and candidates for state Senate and State Representative, Pam Staneski and Kathy Kennedy on Friday.

“I grew up working in a family owned business and have always understood the importance of supporting job creators,” said State Rep. Themis Klarides.   “As a lawmaker, I have fought back proposals to raise taxes on business owners and worked to pass budgets that were balanced without the need for new taxes or tolls. It’s time to open Connecticut and for us to continue to take Connecticut in a new direction.

“I am honored to receive the support of my fellow small business owners,” said Rep. Ferraro, a small business owner. “Governor Dan Malloy and the majority party have created an anti-business environment by passing policies that have penalized hard working business owners. With a growing number of House and Senate Republicans, we have been able to stop Governor Dan Malloy in his tracks. I look forward to getting back to Hartford to reverse Governor Dan Malloy’s failed policies and cut red tape to get our economy firing.”

“I am honored to receive the support of NFIB,” says Representative Pam Staneski. “Small businesses are without question the backbone of our economy, as they are leaders in innovation, enterprise and job creation. With 93,000 businesses in Connecticut with 2 or more employees, I will continue to champion policies that help spur economic growth by supporting those who own and operate small businesses in Connecticut and hopefully create more jobs for Milford, Orange, West Haven and Woodbridge.”

‘I am privileged to earn the NFIB endorsement,” said Kathy Kennedy. “My message is simple, affordability; affordability for taxpayers and for job creators. We need a state that fosters opportunity for all size businesses. We should not pick winners and losers. Give all businesses a chance to succeed instead of always being an impediment to company and job growth.”


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 advocated 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. Since its founding in 1943, NFIB has been exclusively dedicated to small and independent businesses and remains so today.

For more information about NFIB, visit www.nfib.com.

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