Politics and Policy
President Barack Obama will be holding a summit Nov. 16 at the White House with congressional and corporate leaders to discuss the impending year-end tax increases and spending cuts, known as the fiscal cliff. In a Nov. 14 statement, ABC expressed concern over the troubling exclusion of small businesses from the summit.
On Nov. 6, Barack Obama was re-elected as president of the United States, defeating Republican nominee Gov. Mitt Romney with more than 300 electoral votes and a popular vote of 50 percent to 48 percent.
By an 63-37 margin, voters in Michigan Nov. 6 overwhelmingly rejected a proposal on the statewide ballot that would have negatively impacted the merit shop construction workforce by nullifying the ban on government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) and preventing Michigan from becoming a right-to-work state, among other changes.
Barbara Spyridakis, CEO of Thesis Painting, Springfield, Va., and Skip Wolfford, president and founder of David M. Wolfford & Son, Inc., Culpeper, Va., both members of ABC’s Virginia chapter, are featured in an advertisement that highlights the challenges small businesses face under President Barack Obama.
ABC’s Political Action Committee (ABC PAC) has raised $1,757,624 during the current election cycle, which began in January 2011, and has contributed nearly the same amount to candidates and political organizations that support the merit shop philosophy.