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NFIB recognizes Straus for supporting small businesses

Speaker Joe Straus this month received the Guardian of Small Business award, the highest honor given to lawmakers by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). The award recognizes legislators who support small business and advocated for the small business community during the previous legislative session.

The award followed a legislative session in which the Texas House, under the leadership of Speaker Straus, reduced business taxes and streamlined regulations.

Speaker Straus accepted the award at NFIB/Texas member Earl Abel’s in San Antonio.

 “Speaker Straus has been a friend to small business in Texas for many years, ensuring that the state’s economic backbone continues to flourish,” said NFIB Executive Director Will Newton. “In the 84th Legislative Session Speaker Straus helped secure one of the largest tax cuts for the business community with the franchise tax reduction, and his focus on regulatory relief has kept the Texas House of Representatives pro small business.”

Speaker Straus has worked with the business community in recent years to reduce taxes, improve workforce readiness, secure a reliable water supply and provide additional resources for transportation. In November, he assigned the House Committee on Economic and Small Business Development to recommend ways to encourage and incentivize more small-business growth.

"Small businesses make our economy work," Speaker Straus said. "The people who work in small businesses not only provide valuable goods and services to their customers, but they contribute greatly to their communities and to the well-being of our entire state. The Texas House will continue working to see that our economic climate encourages small business growth and development. I want to thank NFIB for this recognition and for working on behalf of dedicated job-creators across San Antonio and Texas."