Today, U.S. Senate candidate Shelley Berkley toured several small businesses in the MidTown district of Reno to discuss ways to grow the economy and put middle-class Nevadans back to work. Berkley toured and met with the owners and patrons of Penny's Midtown Mercantile, Wedge-A Cheese Shop, and several businesses at 720 Tahoe Street to see firsthand their facilities and get their thoughts on ways to encourage small business job growth. After the tour of the Reno small businesses, Berkley gave brief remarks outlining her strong record of fighting on behalf of Nevada small businesses and her ideas for creating jobs going forward.
"The only way Nevada is going to recover is if Washington starts putting the interests of middle-class small business owners ahead of Wall Street millionaires, hedge fund managers and Big Oil companies," said U.S. Senate candidate Shelley Berkley. "That means ending taxpayer giveaways to corporations that ship American jobs overseas and working to provide small businesses in Reno and throughout Nevada with the tools they need to hire new workers, grow and expand."
Small businesses across the state of Nevada have a close friend in Shelley Berkley. Berkley supported the Small Business Jobs Tax Relief Act of 2010, which provided for $3.6 billion in tax incentives for small businesses. Berkley also supported the Small Business and Infrastructure Jobs Tax Act of 2010, which exempted small businesses from capital gains taxes and provided $6.8 billion in tax incentives, the HIRE Act of 2010, which exempted businesses from paying payroll taxes for certain hires and according to the U.S. Treasury, nearly 70,000 people were hired through the incentive program in Nevada alone. She also supported the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, which created a $30 billion small business lending fund, which encourages lending to small businesses by providing capital to qualified community banks. The bill was praised by Republican Governor Sandoval for its potential to create jobs in Nevada, and according to the U.S. Treasury, four institutions in 32 locations in Nevada participated in the program.
Shelley's opponent, unelected Senator Dean Heller, voted against all four of these bills that seek to allow small businesses to grow and create jobs.