Story URL: http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/washington/news.aspx?id=135927
Story Retrieval Date: 5/25/2013 11:50:54 AM CST
At a time when the economy is still deeply embedded in a recession, the National Federation of Independent Businesses favors small government. However, Congresswoman Donna Christensen said government involvement is exactly what the country needs to move towards greener pastures.
These greener pastures, Christensen believes, lie in the arena of green jobs.
"We're looking in our district at ways that we can reduce the cost of electricity for small businesses which has been a big burden for us in recent years and which has caused businesses to close," said Christensen.
"So there are some provisions in the bill I believe as well to assist small businesses in this transition, but largely you’ll probably see some transition from one business to another."
Green jobs do not appeal to everyone.
"We think the argument for the jobs for creating all these green jobs sounds good on TV but when you look at the economics of it, the simple economics- it cannot work," said Brad Close, National Federation of Independent Businesses.
"Everyone is going to have to make some sacrifices, but the bill does have some provisions," Close said.
These sacrifices however, are things that Close said his members are just not able to make.
"When you look at where our economy is right now, our members are kind of hanging by a thread, they are doing everything they can to keep the doors open," said Close. "Small businesses traditionally their margins are very thin, they treat their employees like family, and the family runs the business, so the last thing they want to do is lay off employees. This has been really hard for our members right now, the last- the current economy."