• Tom Stewart


For immediate Release Contact: Radka Barter

10.3.2016 617.722.2305


O’Connell Helps Job Creators

Taunton, MA…Today the National Federation of Independent Business released their ratings of legislators on small business issues. O’Connell earned a perfect rating in helping small businesses that create the majority of new jobs within the Commonwealth.

“Rep. Shaunna O’Connell has consistently voted for small business during her tenure in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. She has supported small business on tax policy, regulatory reform, and cost of doing business issues. And this session, she compiled a 100% pro-small business record on issues affecting the ability of small businesses to own, operate and grow their businesses in our state,” said William Vernon, President of Massachusetts National Federation of Independent Business.

“I have worked hard to create a better climate for small businesses within Massachusetts. Our top job creator is the small business community. If we give them the certainty they need and reduce regulations, then more jobs will be established. That’s why I have worked hard to pass the Small Business Bill of Rights,” said O’Connell who is the Chairwoman of the Small Business Caucus.

Every two years the National Federation of Independent Business rates legislators on their voting record for standing up small business. Rep. Shaunna O’Connell has earned a 100% rating. Last month, O’Connell earned a 100% rating in standing up for the taxpayers.

“With 86% of the Commonwealth’s businesses employing 19 or less people, the legislature needs to enact policies that help, not hinder, job growth. I will never ignore the needs of the small business community,” added O’Connell.

As State Representative, O’Connell has been spearheading small business issues at the State House. She established the first ever Small Business Caucus. Moreover, she authored the Small Business Bill of Rights.

The package includes:

Small Business Bill of Rights

  • One-year waiting period before a new tax can take effect

This initiative will give businesses time to adjust to the higher cost of doing business.

  • One-year adjustment period before a new regulations can take effect

Businesses need certainty. By creating a one-year waiting period, businesses will have the time to prepare for the new requirement and make the appropriate adjustments. It will make it more affordable for them.

  • Require a systematic cost/benefit analysis of regulations every 5 years

Regulations are currently reviewed every 12 years. It should occur every 5 years to ensure that regulations have not outlived their usefulness.

  • Allow people to freelance work and allow businesses to hire freelancers

The Massachusetts state law on independent contractors makes it almost impossible to hire a freelance person. By correcting the definition we will be creating more opportunities for businesses to test new positions, which often lead to full time positions.

  • Require hearings before taxes are increased

The tech tax is a perfect example of legislators voting to increase taxes before knowing the full impact. By holding hearings around the state, businesses will be able to educate legislators as to the direct impact before there is a vote.

  • Limit treble damages to willful actions

These hefty fines should only be imposed on small businesses when there is willful action on wage disputes, not for innocent mistakes.

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