The Main Street Growth & Opportunity Coalition, an alliance of businesses, local trade associations and concerned individuals committed to supporting a common sense, pro-growth agenda for America recently launched its effort in Arkansas.
"Business owners and families in Arkansas are frustrated with Washington," said Martha McCaskill, a Little Rock business owner and founding member of the Arkansas coalition. "Gridlock has put too many important priorities aside. Businesses need certainty so they can plan for the long term. Uncertainty stifles job creation and investment and holds back economic and wage growth. It’s time for action. Our coalition looks forward to educating members of Congress and residents of this state about the benefits of a pro-growth agenda."
One of the coalition’s first priorities will be to advocate for passage of much needed comprehensive tax reform legislation. Congressman Dave Camp, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, recently released a discussion draft for tax reform that "significantly lowers rates while making the tax code simpler and fairer."
In a statement, Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02), a member of the Ways and Means Committee, recently applauded Camp for his "bold leadership" and said that Camp’s discussion draft "begins the conversation on reforming our broken tax code from top to bottom and making our system simpler, fairer and flatter."
"America’s businesses are doing their part to drive growth and create economic opportunity, but inaction in Washington is holding them back," said State Representative Allen Kerr. "We appreciate Congressman Camp and Congressman Griffin for making tax reform legislation a priority."
"Businesses all across America need Congress to act on comprehensive tax reform. Our tax code is just too complex. We need reform that promotes fairness and stimulates economic growth. Congress needs to stop governing from crisis to crisis and fix our tax code to make it easier for businesses to grow and create jobs," stated Kerr.
In addition to urging passage of comprehensive tax reform, the coalition will support efforts to secure our borders and fix our broken immigration system and promote new trade opportunities for Arkansas businesses. Starting today, the coalition will start a dialogue with federal lawmakers and state residents about the economic benefits of these policies and illustrate the consequences of inaction.
According to Spokesman Terry Benham, the coalition does have some representation from North Little Rock.
"We have two Steering Committee members right now who own/run businesses located in North Little Rock," said Benham. "They are Joe Carter, CEO of Snyder Environmental and Dan Williams, President and CEO of Garver."
Carter said the coalition has important business to do in the state of Arkansas.
"Small businesses employ nearly half a million Arkansans and are key to the long-term economic growth of our state. It’s time for leaders in Washington to put political differences aside and work together to implement a pro-growth agenda," Carter said. "That’s the goal of the Main Street Growth and Opportunity Coalition, and why I support it. As any business owner - large or small - can tell you, our tax code is complex, burdensome, and discouraging to businesses. We need pro-growth policies, starting with comprehensive tax reform that simplifies our tax code, and helps businesses grow, expand, and create new jobs. I’m glad that this coalition is launching in Arkansas, and look forward to being part of the effort to talk with our state’s Congressional leaders about the importance of putting our economy, and main street businesses, first."
Interested parties can engage with Main Street Growth & Opportunity Arkansas by visiting its website http://www.mainstreetgrowthandopportunity.org/) to sign up for e-mail alerts and by following the coalition on social media.