Senator Stone receives NFIB's highest mark

Group grades legislators on support for California’s small businesses
Monday, October 3, 2016

SACRAMENTO – For the second straight year, Senator Jeff Stone (R-Riverside)  has received a 100 percent mark for his voting record from the National Federation of Independent Business—California, the leading voice of small business in California.

The NFIB released its 2016 scorecard on Monday, Oct. 3.

 “Every legislator claims to be a friend of small business, but our voting record puts them to the test,” said Tom Scott, California Executive Director for the NFIB/CA.

NFIB assessed California legislators on 12 bills vital to the health of small business in California during the 2016 half of the 2015-16 legislative sessions.

Senator Stone was among 29 legislators who had impressive 100% scores; however 62 legislators failed small business this year with scores ranging from 27% to just 8%.

“As for our 100% club and NFIB friends of small business, we applaud your efforts in the State Capitol to support small businesses. Together, we understand the only way to rebuild our economy and strengthen our communities starts with supporting small businesses and protecting them from additional taxes, mandates, and complex regulation,” added Scott.

Senator Stone thanked the NFIB for recognizing his commitment to California’s small businesses.

 “As a small business owner myself, I know the challenges faced every day by hard working Californians.” said Senator Stone, a pharmacist who opened his first pharmacy in Temecula in 1983.  “I thank the NFIB for its support and the support of its members. I will continue to work to defeat job-killing legislation that makes it hard to start and keep a small business in California going.” 

California’s small businesses make up 99.2 percent of all the employers in the state, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration.