Small-business owners present their economic concerns to Barletta

Approximately 30 small-business owners from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) expressed concerns to U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Dist. 11) about federal policies impeding their growth, during a recent meeting at the Carlisle Vault, a historic renovated bank building in downtown Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Barletta, himself a former small-business owner, talked about the difficulties of starting a business in the current economic climate, the global influence on manufacturing and the Environmental Protection Agency's new Waters of the U.S. rule, which expands the Clean Water Act, requiring all property owners to apply for federal permits to alter their land.

Barletta listened as a variety of NFIB participants offered commentary, from business owners facing the hardships of an increased minimum wage, to an entrepreneur forced to cut jobs to afford insurance.

A seasonal recreation business owner dependent on teen workers described how the raise to $10.10 would create a scenario forcing him to either cut jobs or raise prices, thus risking lost customers. A contracting businessman spoke of facing prevailing wage hikes on federal and state jobs, and a third member said the Affordable Care Act had forced him to eliminate jobs as his employee health insurance costs increased.

The Carlisle Vault, located at 1 N. Hanover St. in Carlisle, is a 200-year-old renovated bank building that hosts events.

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