IFA Fights for Franchising Following Election
The results of last month’s elections were extremely important for our country and our industry. In the 2011-12 election cycle, IFA’s political action committee, FranPAC, contributed more than $1 million to 128 bipartisan, pro-franchising, pro-business candidates for the House and Senate. Approximately 80 percent of the candidates that FranPAC supported were successful.
As you know, IFA’s Franchising Votes campaign educated thousands of employees, franchisors, franchisees and industry suppliers about the candidates’ views on the top policy priorities for IFA.
IFA educated the franchise industry about candidates who support IFA’s “Franchising = Jobs” agenda through a month-long campaign including telephone town hall meetings, emails, web videos and educational voter toolkits through FranchisingVotes.com.
In addition, Franchise Congress, IFA’s grassroots network, met with hundreds of members of Congress and hosted events with candidates to educate them about franchising and issues important to small business. By building these local relationships, IFA members helped to further educate lawmakers on the issues most important to franchising, to ensure that the collective voice of our industry was heard. However, the real work begins now.
Immediately following the election, IFA congratulated President Obama and the new members of the 113th Congress, while respectfully urging them to create bipartisan solutions to address long-term fundamental fiscal reform. This includes comprehensive tax reform, reforming entitlement programs and reducing the unsustainable debt. Our message is also focused on urging Congress to address the impending fiscal cliff—that is, the expiration of all current tax rates.
Franchise owners don’t know what their tax rates are going to be less than two months from now, let alone two years from now. With the elections concluded, Congress and the White House must put aside their differences and act immediately to pass a short-term deal that would avert the fiscal cliff by extending all current tax rates until lawmakers in the new Congress can consider a comprehensive overhaul of the tax system.
The partisan rancor, negative rhetoric and perpetual gridlock must come to an end so that we can begin to heal this country and get it moving again. To help best address these challenges, our task is to continue to solidify our relationships with existing members of Congress and build relationships with new members.
Through our aggressive lobbying and government affairs efforts in Washington, we will continue to deliver the franchise message on Capitol Hill. We will also continue to cultivate our relationships with members of Congress to ensure we have strong allies who understand these issues, and most importantly, the role that franchising plays in the economy.
With your ongoing support, IFA will continue to tell the positive story of the franchise industry to our elected leaders at both the federal and state levels.