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Letter to Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Reid, Minority Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Boehner

Governor Ted Strickland joined several of his fellow U.S. governors yesterday in a letter urging U.S. Congressional leadership to increase support of small businesses and access to credit.

Strickland supports increasing the size of Small Business Administration loans and temporarily extending successful Recovery Act provisions that make it easier for small businesses to invest and grow. The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services is considering a bill today that would create a $30 billion federal fund for community banks to increase lending to small businesses. In addition, the legislation would create a new initiative for states to provide collateral support to small businesses seeking loans from the private sector. Ohio congressional representatives on the committee include Steve Driehaus, Mary Jo Kilroy, and Charlie Wilson.

The full letter is below:

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi The Honorable Harry Reid
Speaker Majority Leader
U.S. House of Representatives U.S. Senate
Washington, D. C. Washington, D.C.

The Honorable John Boehner The Honorable Mitch McConnell
Minority Leader Minority Leader
U.S. House of Representatives U.S. Senate
Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C.

Dear Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Reid, Minority Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Boehner:

We urge you to take immediate action to increase small business lending in the United States. While our nation's economy continues to recover from this great recession, small businesses in our states continue to struggle to gain access to the credit they need to create jobs. We believe federal action is necessary to remedy this issue.

We strongly support a comprehensive package being considered that would include expanding the size of Small Business Administration loans and temporarily extending successful Recovery Act provisions reducing fees and raising guarantees for SBA loans, enacting tax incentives for small business investment, and a proposal for a $30 billion Small Business Lending Fund that would provide community banks with capital and incentives to increase lending to small businesses.

In addition, we especially want to convey our support for a new proposal for a State Small Business Credit Initiative, which would strengthen innovative state programs that support small business lending. In our states, these programs are facing increased demand, yet the budgetary pressures we face have limited their ability to fill the credit gap left by the financial crisis. These innovative programs include those that augment collateral values for small businesses and manufacturers who have seen them decline as a result of the financial crisis, capital access programs that contribute to loan loss reserves that allow banks to expand credit to more businesses, and loan guarantee and other programs that help share risk with lenders that are willing to extend credit to viable small businesses, manufacturers and farms that are crucial to a strong recovery. By supporting these programs, the State Small Business Credit Initiative would leverage Federal funds several times over to enable billions in new lending to small businesses that can support new job creation.

We strongly encourage you to adopt these proposals. We applaud you for taking action on this urgent matter and look forward to partnering with you to ensure small businesses and manufacturers have the financing they need to create jobs and sustain our economic recovery.

Sincerely,

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm
Governor Ted Strickland
Governor Bill Ritter
Governor M. Jodi Rell
Governor Pat Quinn
Governor Deval Patrick
Governor Bill Richardson
Governor David A. Paterson
Governor Bev Perdue
Governor Theodore R. Kulongoski
Governor Christine O. Gregoire
Governor Joe Manchin III


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