Small businesses are the anchor points of our communities

By U.S. Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer

A new year always brings hope for the future. We were optimistic that 2021 would be better than 2020, which was not necessarily the case, but hopefully 2022 will bring health, prosperity, more jobs, lower prices and peace of mind to our nation and to our state.

Families in Missouri have been fighting to keep businesses afloat, kids in school, bills paid, and their freedom intact since March 2020, and I can’t tell you how hopeful I am that will be. year when life will finally resume like her. should be in our state. My top priority at Congress this year is to do all I can to make this possible.

While we thought most of COVID was behind us, the omicron variant has recently started to affect Missourians. This strain of the virus has been shown to be very infectious, but much more benign than the previous strains that filled our hospitals. For the vast majority of those infected, omicron is like a cold or mild flu from which they recover within a few days.

While the doping cases may seem like a step in the wrong direction, this less intense version of the virus could be a step in the right direction as it signals a weakened virus. COVID has proven to be completely unpredictable and those with weakened immune systems and health issues need to continue to be cautious, but hopefully this could be the beginning of the end.

For the most part, our state and local governments have done a great job of keeping our economy open and empowering families to decide what works best for them as we go through the virus. 2020 has taught us that government excesses, like shutting down businesses and schools, have absolutely devastating effects and should never be repeated.

As the first Republican on the House Small Business Committee, helping small businesses across the country will continue to be a top priority for me this year. As if the pandemic and economic shutdowns across the country weren’t dire enough for U.S. small businesses, the end of 2021 brought record inflation, a supply chain crisis, and a labor shortage. work.

Small businesses are the anchors of our communities, providing jobs, services and supporting our local economy. They are an integral part of the fabric and character of our cities, and it is imperative that they stay afloat. As a small business advocate, my job is to fight the bad policies that caused this new set of problems so that small businesses can start doing what they do best again: creating jobs and opportunities for their people. communities.

Our state’s agriculture industry has certainly not been immune to the effects of the supply chain crisis and inflation, but it continues to work hard and grow. In fact, in 2021 our state’s agriculture industry has grown from $ 88 billion to $ 93.7 billion, which is truly amazing.

Farmers continue to serve our state, our country and the world and I am very proud to represent a district that is home to so many farms and ranches. The fact that our state’s agriculture industry is truly thriving in a year when the economic odds have been overwhelmingly stacked against them is a testament to the dedication and hard work that can only be found in Missouri. Agriculture is unpredictable enough as it is without irresponsible policies of raising prices and disrupting supply chains, and this year I will continue to work to help farmers preserve our state’s thriving agricultural tradition. .

While there are some obvious issues that have followed us into 2022, I know we can overcome them and come out stronger on the other side. My biggest goal for this year is for us to once again return to normalcy and return to a place where earning a living, feeding your family and living in a safe place are all part of everyday life. I promise to do everything I can so that the government does not prevent you from living the life you have built for yourself.