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At Local Small Business, Jon Barela Announces Endorsements from New Mexico Job Creators and Outlines Principles for Growing the Economy and Creating Jobs
ALBUQUERQUE – Today, Jon Barela, the Republican candidate for New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District, held an event at an Albuquerque small business – Yearout Industrial, Inc. – to discuss the principles that would drive his approach to reviving our economy and creating jobs. Barela also announced the endorsement small business organizations and thanked numerous Albuquerque small business owners for their support.
Minda McGonagle, the state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, told the audience and members of the media that the NFIB is supporting Barela because “he has the knowledge and experience to make government a productive partner with small businesses – not a detached, imposing regulator.” She continued, “Jon Barela understands the struggles of job creators, and he understands that pro-growth economic policies will allow businesses to invest in labor and capital that will create jobs in New Mexico. Jon is a small businessman and business leader in our community, and the NFIB is proud to endorse Jon for Congress this year.”
Barela also thanked the National Restaurant Association, the Association of Building Contractors, the Association of General Contractors, BIPAC and other business-related organizations for their support for his campaign.
“Small businesses face tremendous uncertainty as our national economy takes on unprecedented levels of debt and Congress passes intrusive domestic policy legislation packed with job-killing taxes, mandates, and regulations,” Barela remarked. “My opponent seems to believe that government spending and increased regulation of the private sector will somehow turn our economy around. This is a flawed view, and it has failed in practice. America will achieve an economic resurgence, but it will be small business owners – local job creators in New Mexico communities and elsewhere – who will lead the recovery and provide the jobs of the future.”
Barela also laid out a series of principles for economic recovery that included a mandate on Congress to produce a federal budget – something that, for the first time since 1974, was not done by Congress this year. He also discussed his support for simplifying the tax code, reducing unnecessary and costly regulations on small businesses (such as the new 1099 filing requirements in the health care bill), making a concerted effort to increase and diversify the nation’s energy supply, ending wasteful government spending, extending the ’01 and ’03 tax cuts for all Americans and job creators, and reducing the federal deficit and debt by reigning in government spending.
Yearout Mechanical, Inc., the host of today’s event, is a New Mexico based company specializing in the installation of mechanical and process systems for the commercial, government, manufacturing and industrial communities of New Mexico. Kevin Yearout, its owner, employs 197 people, and said he is supporting Barela because, “Jon will enforce the same sort of spending restraint and budget-balancing in Washington that I, and other small business owners and families, must use on a daily basis in our homes and businesses.”
Numerous other small business owners from the First Congressional District also offered their support for Barela’s campaign and his job-creation agenda. These included Jack Price, from University Volkswagon; Larry Garcia, from Robek’s Fruit Smoothies and Healthy Eats; and, Kent and Melanie Cravens, from Alphagraphics.
Carla Sonntag, owner of Sonntag Enterprises, Inc., a small business specializing in organizational management and forensic consulting, has been affected by the job-killing policies supported by the current Congress and is enthusiastic in her support of Barela’s candidacy. “We were on a path to grow the business, expecting to increase our number of employees, but we were stopped in our tracks because of President Obama’s initiatives – which have been supported by Representative Heinrich and Nancy Pelosi – that seek to use small businesses like ours to pay for expensive and intrusive government programs.” Sonntag said.