The editorial, in part, said:
Small businesses often work on the tiniest of profit margins. They must constantly invest back into the business to stay viable, leaving very little profit — especially during the early, startup years. Most strive to be the best of neighbors, giving back many times over to people and events in their local areas. They support their communities not just with taxes and fees, but also through charitable giving as well as providing jobs, purchasing materials and equipment and providing a reason for people to come to the community in the first place.
Governments control, tax and regulate small businesses at every level, from the city to the county to the state to the federal government. Just as with individual and families all across this country, small businesses are being squeezed, not simply by the economy’s failures, but also by governments hungry for more money and control. This not only is unfair, it is also dangerous — perhaps even lethal — when it comes to the preservation of a growing and thriving middle class.
Raymond J. Keating
Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council