AUBURN, Mass. – As the election campaign heats up between incumbent state Sen. Michael Moore (D-Millbury) and Auburn Selectman Steve Simonian for the 2nd Worcester District seat, many businesspeople have gotten behind Moore, saying that he is a strong advocate of small businesses.
Jeannie Hebert, President and CEO of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce, Rob Branca, owner of Dunkin Donuts franchises in Worcester County and Dave Andelman, President of the Restaurant and Business Alliance and CEO of the TV show Phantom Gourmet, say Moore is always looking out for businesses.
Hebert said that Moore has “stepped up to the plate whenever a business is in need.”
“He’s always been instrumental in opening doors for businesses,” Hebert said. “If there are laws that are causing a burden on small businesses, he will take a second look at the laws and advocate to fix them. I always know that he will help us out and follow through.”
Hebert said that he is available all the time for any questions and concerns from business owners.
“He really goes above and beyond,” she said. “If there is a start-up in the area who needs help getting started, he’ll bring connections to them. And that one referral can go a long way.”
Branca pointed to the fair share legislation that Moore supported as an example of a way Moore listens to "all the things that prevent us from hiring." Branca said that businesses are getting unfairly taxed as a result of the state's health insurance mandate.
“If I have 10 employees, and two of them receive my health insurance while the eight others receive it from their parents or spouses, then I get penalized for the eight who didn’t get the health insurance from me,” Branca said. “It discourages employers to hire certain people who already have health insurance. Mike understood this is wrong, and he has sponsored an amendment to address this problem."
Andelman said Moore has been supportive of the Restaurant and Business Alliance’s Great 8 agenda items.
“Senator Michael Moore has supported the unemployment rate freeze, lifting the ban on educational meals for doctors and co-sponsored the Meals Tax Holiday proposal,” Andelman said. “He also opposed mandatory minimum rates on businesses, as well as supporting reforms that would reduce frivolous class action law suits.”