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The Story of Business: The Opportunity to Compete

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The Story of Business: The Opportunity to Compete

Arlington, Va. - Bankrupting America, a project of Public Notice, released its latest video in the “Story of Business” series looking at how burdensome government regulations impact real businesses struggling in today’s economy. The video profiles Jeff Lawrence, owner of Forefront Construction in Middletown, Penn., a commercial HVAC and plumbing company founded in April 2008, just prior to the financial collapse.  Lawrence discusses how high taxes and government mandates are making it more difficult for his company to compete and thrive in today’s economy.

“We definitely have been able to stay afloat during this tough time, but there have been some obstacles put in front of us that have made the journey a little bit tougher,” said Lawrence.  “We’re a small business, and cash is king.  Anything that could be done to lower taxes would be a help to our business.  What the government could do to help get out of my way is to not mandate Project Labor Agreements, which don’t allow us to have a seat at the table because we’re not a union contractor.”

Forefront Construction’s story is one that resonates with small business owners across the country who are also facing higher taxes from Washington and endless bureaucratic red tape.  After enduring four years of a struggling economy that hasn’t seemed to rebound, Jeff Lawrence believes many of the regulations and policies coming out of Washington are counterproductive.  All he wants is an opportunity to compete.

“An even playing field is so important because it gives me the opportunity to compete.  I’m not asking for anybody to give us any work; all I’m just asking for a seat at the table, to have the opportunity to bid the same jobs, to be able to bid the same work, and to be able to do the same work,” Lawrence continued.

Gretchen Hamel, executive director of Public Notice, issued the following statement on Forefront Construction’s Story of Business:

“Forefront Construction is an American story of what’s possible when entrepreneurs have the opportunity to compete and succeed.  The problem in Washington is that too often misguided policies stand in the way.  Instead of burdening small business owners with higher taxes and federal mandates, we should be helping businesses by making it easier to take risks and expand.  With all the uncertainty surrounding the fiscal cliff, lawmakers should stop and ask themselves whether their policies are going to help or hurt job-creators like Jeff and businesses like Forefront Construction.”