The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) of Minnesota recently announced the presentation of its Guardian of Small Business award to District 16 Sen. Gary Dahms of Redwood Falls.

With 10,000 members statewide, NFIB is Minnesota’s largest small-business group in terms of entities.

The NFIB gives out its Guardian of Small Business award at both the federal and state level in an effort to recognize lawmakers who have been supportive of small business on critical issues.

Dahms’ award was based on votes he took during the 2017 and 2018 sessions of the Minnesota legislature.

Dahms made many votes which were beneficial to small business. 

The list of those votes includes:

• Voted for a significant small-business property tax reduction that was signed into law which reduced taxes for the smallest businesses by 20 percent to 30 percent. The average business received a $700 to $900 reduction for taxes payable in 2018.

• Voted for a significant $1 million increase in the estate tax exemption that was also signed into law, which raised it from $2 million to $3 million per person.

• Supported a desperately needed 25 percent reduction in health insurance premiums in 2017 for those in the individual market that was also signed into law and which made other critical insurance re-forms to make the Minnesota market more competitive.

• Supported critical legislation that preempts local units of government from en-acting minimum wages higher than the state’s and from imposing other new mandates on local employers.

“Senator Dahms is a real friend of small business, and we are happy to announce that he has earned the NFIB Guardian of Small Business Award,” said Mike Hickey, NFIB Minnesota state director.