SBE Council released its Small Business Scorecard for the 111th Congress to get beyond the "talk" and posturing. The scorecard can be found on the SBE Council website at http://www.sbecouncil.org/. (Click on the "Small Business Scorecard" icon.) A scorecard "quick finder" is also available -- a map of the U.S. that allows visitors to click on each state to see how their U.S. House and Senate Members cumulatively scored on small business KEY VOTES.
"The scorecard is a solid measurement of how Members of Congress voted on issues important to entrepreneurs," said SBE Council President & CEO Karen Kerrigan. "Politicians often talk a good game of supporting small business and entrepreneurship, but how they actually vote on legislation is what really matters," she added.
For the 111th Congress, SBE Council scored members of the U.S. Senate on 27 key votes, and members of the U.S. House of Representatives on 22 votes. The votes include a wide range of issues relating to taxes, health care, workplace mandates, government spending and more.
In addition, SBE Council has ranked each state delegation, based on average scores, on overall "small business friendliness." Wyoming, Oklahoma, Idaho, Nebraska and Utah round out the top five in terms of having the most small business friendly delegations. The Massachusetts, Connecticut, Hawaii, Vermont and Rhode Island delegations are the worst.