NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 15 , 2012 – The National Federation of Independent Business, Tennessee’s leading small business association, presented Guardian of Small Business awards to two of its staunchest defenders, State Sen. Randy McNally (Oak Ridge) and State Rep. Jimmy Matlock (Lenoir City). The presentation was made June 12 at the Loudon County Chamber of Commerce’s After Hours mixer at The Back Center in Lenoir City.
NFIB/Tennessee State Director Jim Brown praised both legislators for their perfect 100 percent NFIB Voting Records in the 2011-12 legislative sessions. Brown noted Sen. McNally’s sponsorship of a bill to repeal Tennessee’s harmful gift tax, as well as his fiscally conservative approach as chairman of the Senate Finance, Ways & Means Committee. Brown thanked Rep. Matlock, an NFIB member, for his hard work passing three unemployment bills that will root out fraud and abuse, as well as help lower unemployment taxes and ensure more workers are returning to the workforce sooner.
“Senator McNally and Representative Matlock continue to be stalwart supporters of our free enterprise system,” Brown said. “Neither seeks the limelight, but both are eager to lead on the issues that matter to small business. Both men are held in high regard by NFIB’s 8,500-strong membership in Tennessee.”
“Small businesses are crucial to the success of Tennessee’s economy, and it’s critically important we do everything we can to help them succeed,” McNally said. “That includes removing the barriers that keep them from investing more and adding the jobs we need across our state. The phase out and repeal of the death taxes are just part of a very productive year’s work by the General Assembly in helping small businesses in Tennessee.”
“I truly appreciate receiving NFIB’s Guardian of Small Business award,” Matlock said. “We heard loud and clear from the small business community that our unemployment administrative system wasn’t operating the way it should. I’m grateful for Governor Haslam’s and Lieutenant Governor Ramsey’s leadership and the strong bipartisan support that lead to the passage of this year’s major unemployment reform package.”