We’ve had a string of good economic news in Arizona lately.

August marked our 23rd consecutive month of 2 percent or greater year-over-year job growth. The poverty rate has fallen, and more than 400,000 people moved here between April 2010 and July 2015.

While good policies like tax reform, reduced regulatory red tape and a new crowdfunding law that increases startup capital have fostered success, the credit goes to the state’s small business men and women. They are responsible for creating these new opportunities.

But unlike large corporations, small businesses – whether a startup trying to get off the ground or the mom-and-pop shop that’s been in your neighborhood for decades – don’t have scores of lobbyists and attorneys to navigate the bureaucracy of government. It’s just them, and it’s up to elected leaders to create an environment for these hard-working small business men and women to succeed.

Read more from The Arizona Republic….

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