Reed, Tioga Chamber of Commerce Members Talk Business Growth
Tom Reed joined members from the Tioga Chamber of Commerce Tuesday to listen to their thoughts and concerns with the local business climate and how Reed can partner with these community leaders to make their voices heard in Washington.
“Our business owners and entrepreneurs are the leading resources in the area when it comes to what is working and what clearly isn’t working on the ground,” Reed said. “These sit down, face-to-face opportunities give us real, genuine insight into how the day to day burdens adding up discourage businesses from adding jobs. If we want to care for the jobs climate in our community and across the country, we must take their frontline perspective and shape policies with that perspective in mind.”
During the meeting, business owners were united in the most harmful aspects hampering small business growth. High taxes, unaffordable health care costs, rising utility costs and costly regulations placed on businesses were identified as the most damaging to business growth.
“Wherever we are in the district, we hear a theme of the same hurdles employers have to jump over in order to add jobs,” Reed continued. “Whether it’s a burdensome tax code that costs the business time and money, a health care law that is only increasing costs for small businesses or regulations and utility costs that discourage businesses from expanding, the current business climate isn’t doing small businesses any favors and isn’t fair. We have strong partners here on the ground we’ll continue working with to get New York where it needs to be to help – not hinder – businesses.”
Reed continues his focus on jobs for the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes before heading back to Washington next week. Earlier this week, Reed met in Schuyler County with the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce to listen to the successes and challenges faced by the area’s small businesses.