Small Business BOR


Time to Grow Jobs 

Rockland, MA – Today Lou Valanzola, candidate for State Representative, endorsed the Small Business Bill of Rights legislative package to help grow jobs in Massachusetts.

“This is small business week and it is good time to acknowledge that small businesses are the backbone of our economy.  They create 3 out of every 4 new jobs in Massachusetts.  Eighty-seven percent of our businesses employ 19 or less people,” said Valanzola.  “By helping small businesses, we will be creating a pro-jobs environment.”

The Small Business Bill of Rights package includes:

Small Business Bill of Rights

  • One-year waiting period before a new tax can take effect

This initiative will give businesses time to adjust to the higher cost of doing business.

  • One-year adjustment period before a new regulations can take effect

Businesses need certainty.  By creating a one-year waiting period, businesses will have the time to prepare for the new requirement and make the appropriate adjustments.  It will make it more affordable for them. 

  • Require a systematic cost-benefit analysis of regulations every 5 years

The Patrick administration has been reviewing some regulations, but it should occur every 5 years to ensure that regulations have not outlived their usefulness.

  • Allow people to freelance work and allow businesses to hire freelancers 

The Massachusetts state law on independent contractors makes it almost impossible to hire a freelance person.  By correcting the definition we will be creating more opportunities for businesses to test new positions which often lead to full time positions.

  • Require a cost-benefit analysis of all new energy projects

The cost of doing business in Massachusetts is very expensive.  We have some of the highest utility costs in the nation.  Before beginning a utility project, there should be a cost-benefit analysis to determine the worthiness of the project.

  • Require hearings before taxes are increased

The tech tax is a perfect example of legislators voting to increase taxes before knowing the full impact.  By holding hearings around the state, businesses will be able to educate legislators as to the direct impact before there is a vote.

  • Limit treble damages to willful actions

These hefty fines should only be imposed on small businesses when there is willful action on wage disputes, not for innocent mistakes. 

“When passed this package will help give businesses certainty they need for planning and hiring,” said Valanzola.  “Voters can count on me to fight against costly mandates and regulations that hold back job creation.  It is time for a positive agenda rather than more politics as usual at the State House.”

Lou Valanzola is currently employed as a Controller in Brockton.   He earned a degree in Accounting from Bentley University in 1984.  In addition to being a Selectman in Rockland, he’s also been involved in the community as a member of the Cable TV advisory board.  He was also a member of the volunteer Crossing guard committee which returned them in 2002 after a 12 year hiatus.  He also coached little league baseball and girls basketball.   He is also a member of the Rockland LION’s club.

Lou Valanzola can be reached at 617-827-3454 or, if you would like to find out more information about Valanzola’s candidacy please check his website


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