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NFIB watching state lawmakers

JACKSON — The state director of the National Federation of Independent Business says Mississippi’s small, family businesses will be monitoring closely as lawmakers address the state’s massive budget shortfall.

“Our members understand that these are difficult times, but we want lawmakers to understand that Mississippi cannot balance the state budget on the backs of small business and its employees,” said Ron Aldridge, state director of NFIB/Mississippi.

“Mississippi is still recovering from the worst recession since the Great Depression, and it would be a huge mistake for lawmakers to pass any legislation that makes it harder for Mississippi’s largest group of employers to create jobs and grow their businesses and lead us back to prosperity. “Before legislators even think of raising taxes or other costs on small businesses, they should be absolutely certain that they’re spending taxpayers’ money wisely, efficiently and based on what’s truly needed.”

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