Small Businesses, the Economy, and Mid-term Elections

Small Businesses, the Economy, and Mid-term Elections

Small business owners have emerged as key players in the upcoming midterms elections, both as donors and as candidates. What small businesses want and don’t want from Washington.

Small businesses are said to be the backbone of the U.S. economy, and if past is prologue, it is the growth of small businesses that will lead to new jobs. Most agree that Washington needs to do what it can to foster economic growth, but with midterm elections approaching there is a vigorous debate among candidates as to what sort of help is effective. A panel discusses what Washington can and can’t do to help small businesses grow.


Jacob Hacker

professor of political science, Yale University

Elizabeth Williamson

reporter, Wall Street Journal

Bill Rys

tax counsel, National Federation of Independent Business

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