Congresswoman Stefanik grew up working in a small business family in Upstate New York where she learned firsthand the values of hard work and determination that are vital to building and growing small businesses. Congresswoman Stefanik works closely with local small businesses, manufacturers, Chambers of Commerce, and entrepreneurs to champion policies that support small businesses, empower entrepreneurs, encourage economic growth, and create good-paying local jobs. In 2021, the Center for Effective Lawmaking named Congresswoman Stefanik the most effective Republican lawmaker in the entire House of Representatives for Commerce Policy impacting small businesses, workers, and entrepreneurs. She has also been awarded numerous accolades from local Chambers of Commerce and North Country businesses, including the Spirit of Enterprise Award from the US Chamber of Commerce and the Guardian of Small Business Award from the National Federation for Independent Businesses (NFIB).
Due to decades of failed Democrat policies, New York State has among the highest taxes for families and small businesses and one of the highest costs of living in the country. Congresswoman Stefanik continues to advocate for lowering taxes and fundamental tax reform in Washington and Albany to create a flatter, fairer system to increase opportunity for families, business owners, workers, and entrepreneurs. When she first ran for office, she promised to never vote for a tax hike and she has proudly kept her promise to hardworking North Country families.
Congresswoman Stefanik knows that in order for small businesses to thrive, the government needs to step out of the way. She has worked tirelessly to slash burdensome, needless government regulations and mandates that have proven to stifle growth and job creation.
As a member of the Education and Labor Committee, Congresswoman Stefanik has fought hard to encourage and improve vocational education programs, workforce development, and apprenticeships. She has supported legislation and offered amendments to modernize these programs to meet the demands of the 21st century workplace and encourage both employers and workers to participate.