2003 Adopted Resolutions
71st Annual Meeting

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WHEREAS, the nation's mayors care deeply about the economic vitality of their communities; and are vested in the promotion and adoption of policies that will strengthen the same; and

WHEREAS, more than 99.7 percent of all employers are small business, whose contributions represent the backbone of the United States of America; and

WHEREAS, 3/4 of the net new jobs are created by small business, and that economic growth and the prosperity of cities and towns depends on people finding and keeping quality employment; and

WHEREAS, President George W. Bush remains committed to implementing his Small Business Plan that will provide job growth and will bring the country into a position of greater economic strength through:

  • Reforms to tax policy that will allow for small employers to expense capital purchases and will allow for small business owners to invest more of their earnings in health care and promotional opportunities for their employees; and
  • Providing small businesses with more legitimate and open access to government contracts; and
  • Removing regulatory barriers that stymie small business growth and job creation; and
  • Allowing small business greater access to affordable health care through market-based reform; and
  • Simplifying government web-based information designed to help small employers; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors supports the President's Small Business Plan and will continue to work with the President and his Cabinet and Administration Officials to implement policies that will allow for job opportunities for citizens who want to find work and to create an environment in which entrepreneurship can flourish.