Those lofty, big picture thinkers rarely can imagine the consequences of their lofty, sweeping plans.
This press release from the National Federation of Independent Business points out a tiny, little problem…
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Kyle Jackson, 404-876-8516, or Todd Pack, 615-791-9079
STATEMENT: Shutdown of E-Verify ‘Problematic’ for GA Small Businesses
ATLANTA, Oct. 2, 2013–Kyle Jackson, Georgia state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, released the following statement today in response to the shutdown of the federal government, including the E-Verify program, which allows business owners to confirm employment eligibility:
“The shutdown of E-Verify is problematic for small businesses that are required to participate in the program. On top of that, the combination of ongoing massive debt, the implementation of a deeply flawed health-care law, and the government shutdown exacerbates the uncertainty that small-business owners have been feeling for some time. There’s no doubt that Washington is making the small-business community very nervous, and small-business owners aren’t going to invest in new facilities or equipment or create jobs unless they’re confident about the direction of the economy.”
NFIB/Georgia is the state’s largest small-business association, with over 7,000 member businesses representing a cross section of the state’s economy.
Commemorating its 70th anniversary, the National Federation of Independent Business is the nation’s leading small-business association, with offices in Washington, D.C., and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small- and independent-business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists sends its views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information about NFIB is available at www.NFIB.com/newsroom.
While this “bump in the road” won’t get the media attention of heavily be-medaled octogenarians and nonagenarians hurtling over Barry-cades to see their memorial, these businesses can face real consequences (i.e., jail time) if they contract with the Federal Government and don’t use E-Verify for the required tasks, even if it’s not available through no fault of their own.
Only government bureaucrats could come up with this twisted scenario.