New Poll: Small Businesses Very Concerned About Cuts to Perkins
November 29, 2012
poll released by the business advocacy group Small Business Majority found
that an overwhelming majority of small business owners are concerned about the
effect that the looming fiscal cliff—a combination of expiring tax cuts and
across-the-board spending cuts under sequestration that could take effect in
January—will have on federal funding for CTE and the workforce system. The
poll, conducted between September 27 and October 12, surveyed 500 small
business entrepreneurs on their concerns about the fiscal cliff and how it
might impact their businesses. With regard to possible funding cuts, 86 percent
of respondents were concerned about cuts to the Perkins state grants for CTE!
This is a strong affirmation from the small business community on the
importance of CTE in preparing a highly-skilled workforce that meets the needs
Additionally, 66 percent of small business owners
indicated that were worried about cuts to the Workforce Investment Act state
grants that provide employment and training services to disadvantaged and
underemployed adults, dislocated workers, and youth. The poll finds that while
small businesses are very concerned with the fiscal cliff, they do not want the
solution to interfere with opportunities for job creation. 53 percent believe
that developing a plan to create more jobs should be the top priority for
Congress and the Obama Administration in 2013. In addition, 57 percent agreed
that cutting spending on education, healthcare and infrastructure would do more
to harm the economy than raising taxes on the wealthiest two percent.
Among the small business owners who responded to this
poll, 47percent self-identified as Republican or independent-leaning
Republican, with 35 percent as Democrat or independent-leaning Democrat. As was
demonstrated in other recent polls,
federal funding for education and CTE has broad, bipartisan support. Congress
and the White House need to work to find a bipartisan and balanced solution to stop sequestration and protect funding for CTE!
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