2012 NFIB Award Presentation
2012 NFIB Award
ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct. 11, 2012– The state’s largest small business association, the National Federation of Independent Business, today announced that State Representative Gene Pelowski ofWinona was awarded the prestigious Guardian of Small Business Award.
The National Federation of Independent Business has more than 12,000 members in Minnesota, making it the largest business group in terms of entities. To win a Guardian of Small Business Award, legislators had to demonstrate a pro-small-business voting record during the 87th session of theMinnesota legislature. Lawmakers were scored based on 10 votes taken in the state House of Representatives and Senate.
“He made many votes in support of small business during the recent 2011-12 legislative session, including supporting four major tort reforms to reduce lawsuit abuse and legislation to expedite decisions on environmental permits for new building projects. He also supported a critical measure that required the Legislature to review and approve new rules and regulations that are burdensome and expensive for small businesses to comply with before they go into effect. State Representative Pelowski is a real friend of small business, and we are happy to announce that he has earned the NFIB Guardian of Small Business Award,” said Mike Hickey, NFIB State Director.
This past Tuesday night, our Campus Committee, Student Senate President Alexandra Griffin, and 3 senators, along with MSUSA Director of Governmental Relations Jonathon Bohn, were invited to State Representative Gene Pelowski’s house for dinner. Representative Pelowski was kind enough to grill us burgers and hot dogs, and then sit down and have a conversation with us about student issues.
Through that conversation, we all agreed that better communication was a must, and Representative Pelowski emphasized the important of students contacting and meeting with their local legislators. We were able to relate to the Representative our concerns about the across the board increases in costs to students, and discuss possible remedies.
Most importantly, meeting with Representative Pelowski gave us the opportunity to begin building a relationship with him, and we’ve already begun planning events. Looking forward, we hope to continue meeting with our local legislators and telling them our story. Simply getting a chance to sit down and have a frank discussion is more than enough to make them remember us when the tough decisions are being made, and we can’t wait to keep having these sometimes difficult, but definitely necessary conversations in the future.
Winona State Legislative Specialist
Winona Daily News article on Rep. Gene Pelowski’s retirement (link below).
Leaving the classroom: Pelowski shifts focus to state, family.
Legislative Report 2012 page 1
Legislative Report 2012 page 2
Legislative Report 2012 - Link to open/download in PDF form