Senator Yaw earns Guardian of Small Business award

HARRISBURG – The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Pennsylvania today announced the presentation of its Guardian of Small Business award to state Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23). 

The Guardian of Small Business Award is the most prestigious honor that NFIB bestows on legislators in recognition of their efforts to support small business issues through their Voting Record.  The Voting Record identifies top issues for Pennsylvania small business owners, tracks the votes of every legislator, and calculates a score on a scale of 100-percent.

“Small business owners pay close attention to issues that affect them in the state Capitol, from tax and regulatory reform bills to promoting government transparency and accountability,” said Rebecca Oyler, NFIB’s Pennsylvania Legislative Director. “This legislative session included votes on big issues, like state pension reform, the state tax code, and performance-based budgeting.”

Sen. Yaw’s award was based on votes he took during the 2017-18 Legislative Session. He made many votes beneficial to small business, according NFIB, including and not limited to:

  • He supported Senate Bill 1, which makes reforms to the state pension system, establishing new defined contribution plan options for employees hired after 2018, resulting in significant future savings for both State Employees Retirement System and Public  School Employees’ Retirement System.  The bill was signed by Governor Wolf on June 12, 2017.
  • He supported Senate Bill 166, which eliminates the practice of public employers deducting money that can be used for political purposes from the paychecks of public sector workers. 
  • He supported Senate Bill 181, which provides for a program of performance-based budget reviews as part of the budget and program evaluation process for each fiscal year beginning in 2018-19.  The bill was signed by Governor Wolf on October 30, 2017.
  • He supported Senate Bill 1056, which reverses Tax Bulletin 2017-02 to permit bonus depreciation of capital investments.  The bill was signed by Governor Wolf on June 28, 2017.

“I am grateful for the leadership of NFIB Pennsylvania Legislative Director Rebecca Oyler, and I am honored to receive the Guardian of Small Business award from our state’s voice for small businesses,” Sen. Yaw said.  “Our small businesses need certainty and stability, and we must continue working to improve our business climate across the 23rd Senate District and the state.  I am happy to support their efforts.”

Senator Yaw is presented with the National Federation of Independent Business’s (NFIB) Guard of Small Business Award by Margaret Parsons, Grassroots Manager for NFIB-Pennsylvania. 


Rita Zielonis, Chief of Staff

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