Is Utah a small business-friendly state? The minutes of the vote indicate that it may be

Yong Itto, owner of Itto Sushi in Midvale, is preparing sushi for an order on March 25, 2020. The Utah branch of the National Federation of Independent Businesses last week released state voting records for seven minor issues. -The commercial importance gained in the 2021-2022 session of the Utah Legislature, which indicates that Utah may be a state that respects small businesses nationwide. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

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SALT LAKE CITY – Silicon Slopes draws most of the fanfare and headlines, but the Beehive State is also a bustling small business scene, driven by legislation designed to promote small businesses.

The idea was approved last week when the Utah branch of the National Federation of Independent Businesses released the minutes of the 2021-2022 session of the Utah Legislature in the 2021-2022 state legislature on seven issues of importance to small businesses.

“I think the story of our record is that Utah is a very small state-friendly state in general, and we want people to know that,” said Casey Hill, Utah’s director of the National Federation of Independent Business.

Hill said 14 senators and 36 delegates got the perfect score, with a 100% turnout.

“That means they voted 100% of the seven bills we included in the follow-up to our vote, with seven bills in favor of seven,” Hill said, adding that there were many additional politicians who were six or seven. because they could not vote on the scorecard.

One of the reasons why Utah is so small is that the legislature is made up of people who are “not professional politicians, but people who have to return to their constituency and pass laws passed after the law is passed and passed.” -respectful of the situation for companies, Hill said.

“When 74% of the entire legislature has records of 80% or more of the votes in favor of small businesses, I think any other state would find it difficult to match or surpass that,” Hill said.

He added that many of the people who support the law are small business owners, or have been involved in small businesses on some sort of personal level.

“They understand the challenges that small business owners face,” Hil said.

Nine other senators and 18 delegates collected ballot papers in the 80th percentile, with the lowest score in the Senate at 71% and the lowest in the House at 43%.

“Overall, our state is very supportive of small businesses and has done a lot to try to reduce taxes, reduce regulatory burden, and promote business growth in Utah,” Hill said. “You see that reflected in our state’s economy … we came back from the pandemic faster than most states and we came back stronger than most states.”

This has led to the problems that arise as a result of a prosperous business landscape and what Utah is very familiar with so far: Growth.

“The needs that arise as a result of growth and growth through infrastructure, and some of the work challenges that we face, are really positive issues that we face and are a reflection of a legislature that has done so in recent years. Very good decisions,” Hill said.

However, the challenging population for Utah counties, cities and towns is growing even for small businesses.

The ever-growing population can also lead to other problems from timber. For Utah, it seems that the cost of living is rising and the housing market is very competitive.

“One of the challenges for small business owners … they want to create and grow jobs and take their business to the next level but find someone who can live in the area where their business is located. Locating it can be a major challenge,” Hill said.

Finding ways to lower the cost of housing will be key to increasing the success of small businesses in Utah, he said.

“These people who want to work in small businesses have made sure they have the ability to live in our state,” Hill said.

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Logan Stefanich is a reporter who covers community, education, business, and military news in southern Utah.

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