By Keegan Gibson, Managing Editor
The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) recognized PA House Majority Leader Mike Turzai yesterday with its 2010-11 Legislator of the Year award, the organization’s highest honor.
“Over the last two years, while many lawmakers were looking for taxes to raise and programs to expand, Mike Turzai organized a bipartisan group of lawmakers to stand against higher taxes and spending,” said NFIB state Leadership Council member Warren Hudak during a presentation ceremony as part of NFIB’s Small Business Day at the state Capitol event.
“The product of that work was a state budget which kept spending flat and helped his Republican colleagues take control of the state House in a landslide election last November. That is a record of accomplishment that we all can be proud of. And it’s the reason why Mike Turzai is NFIB’s legislator of the year for 2010-11.”
NFIB also praised Turzai’s spending policies, calling him “one of the Legislature’s most consistent supporters of lower taxes and a streamlined regulatory system for small businesses.”
Though not officially a partisan organization, the NFIB has strong ties to Republican legislators in PA and across the country. The group did not endorse a single Democrat in a contested election for PA House last year.