February 5, 2011
America needs the reforms included in the president's health care reform act, and Congress should stop attempting to repeal the law. As a small business owner who supplies health insurance to his employees, I understand how important a good group insurance market is. My Maryland based company has been in business for just over eight years, and our premiums have more than doubled during this time. However, after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, our premiums actually declined in 2010.
July 25, 2012
As a small business owner, I take great umbrage at the idea that government helps small business ("Government helps small business? Absolutely," July 20). Yes, government does everything your letter writer says, but we taxpayers are the ones who pay the bill. Small businesses are the engine that drives the economy, not government. Government does not create, it only takes. I do not know where the letter writer gets his information, but it sounds like it's straight from the Democratic Party talking points.
November 29, 2012
Contrary to what a recent letter writer may think ("Internet sales tax will hurt small businesses," Nov. 18), collection of state sales taxes on online retail transactions will be a boon to small businesses in Maryland. Small businesses currently face unfair and detrimental competition from online-only retailers who exploit the loophole in our nation's sales tax laws to avoid collecting and remitting state sales taxes. The current legislation - the Marketplace Fairness Act and the Marketplace Equity Act - before Congress is designed to eliminate the 6 percent price disadvantage and level the playing field for small, in-state businesses.
March 26, 2013
It was only a matter of time before Gov. Martin O' Malley and his groupies pushed another tax burden upon us ("House approves increase in gas tax," March 23). House Majority leader Kumar Barve estimates that this increase will cost motorists $10.10 a month, based on the example of someone who drives 15,000 miles a year in a car that gets 25 miles to the gallon. That may be the case in his world, but unfortunately not mine. My small business requires a truck that at best gets 13.5 miles to the gallon and an annual mileage exceeding 50,000 miles a year.
July 19, 2012
President Barack Obama said over the weekend at a Virginia campaign speech that private businesses are successful largely because of the government's support. This statement is absolutely ridiculous. It's pretty clear that President Obama has never owned a business. I am a small business owner, and I took a major risk starting my company three years ago. I didn't rely on any bank loans, as I financed the start-up costs on my own. It required a tremendous amount of personal sacrifice, hard work and sleepless nights to get my business off the ground.
August 18, 2011
As the economy continues to struggle and America tries to reclaim its place in the global economic and financial markets, small business once again is left holding the proverbial bag. As attorney and author Steve Strauss asked in his Aug. 8 column in USA Today, how do we pump the entrepreneurial well even deeper in the face of so much legislative, political, and global red tape? With unemployment constantly hovering around 9 percent and fear grasping every American from Main Street to Wall Street, how does the small business owner stand a chance of survival, let alone the ability to grow and prosper?