NFIB endorses Markley for reelection

Joe Markley

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) has endorsed state Sen. Joe Markley (R-16) for reelection.

“I am proud to have the backing of the most committed and aggressive pro-business group in Connecticut,” said Markley, who announced the endorsement last week in a press release. “At the capitol, NFIB is the fighting voice of independent businesspeople.  It has been a pleasure to work with them, and I look forward to our ongoing efforts to restore the state economy.”

Markley, of Plantsville, is seeking reelection in the 16th Senatorial District which includes Southington, Wolcott, Prospect, Cheshire, and Waterbury. He is running against Democrat John “Corky” Mazurek of Wolcott.

According to its website, NFIB is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded in 1943 with a mission to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses.

In the release, Markley said if reelected he will do his best to reduce over-taxation and over-regulation of small businesses.

“Gov. [Dannel] Malloy is taking the wrong approach to job creation,” Markley said in the release. “His big-money programs attempt to pick winners and losers, and turn over hundreds of millions of dollars to well-connected corporations. When politicians start deciding what businesses to help, poor decisions are certain, and corruption is likely.

“…My father and uncle operated a small manufacturing business for years in Southington and Cheshire, the New England Gear Works. I grew up with an understanding of the challenges faced by entrepreneurs, and the blessing a business success can be to the community.  I am determined to see that other innovators have a chance to succeed, and I want to make sure established companies can remain and thrive in Connecticut.”