Massachusetts U.S. Senate Candidates on Big Three Small Business Issues

Oakton, VA (PRESS RELEASE – January 29, 2010) – The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) today published a mini-scorecard comparing the two candidates for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts – State Attorney General Martha Coakley and State Senator Scott Brown – on the “Big Three Small Business Issues” of the day, i.e., health care reform, cap-and-trade emissions regulation, and taxes.

The SBE Council publication noted: “With respect to the January 19 special election in Massachusetts for an open U.S. Senate seat, SBE Council is educating its members and the small business community about where the candidates stand on issues of importance to entrepreneurs and our nation’s economic recovery.”

Karen Kerrigan, SBE Council President and CEO, observed: “A stark difference exists between the candidates and their positions on big issues that stand to impact the health of small businesses.”

As the mini-score card points out, Attorney General Coakley supports the costly health care plan being pushed in Congress, while State Senator Brown said he would vote against it. Ms. Coakley embraces the cap-and-trade agenda, while Mr. Brown opposes a national cap-and-trade system. And on taxes, Senator Brown has made clear he opposes higher taxes on entrepreneurs and investors, while Attorney General Coakley supports them.

SBE Council chief economist Raymond J. Keating added: “Quite simply, if candidates and elected officials want to truly be pro-small business and pro-economic growth, they cannot support the following: a health care measure imposing higher costs, mandates and new taxes on small business; a cap-and-trade regulatory scheme that hikes energy costs; and increased personal income, capital gains, dividend and death taxes.”

SBE Council’s “Small Business and the Massachusetts January 19 U.S. Senate Special Election” publication is available on the group’s website, or by clicking here.

The SBE Council is a nonpartisan, nonprofit small business advocacy group that works to protect small business and promote entrepreneurship. For more information, please visit:

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