“Washington is manufacturing one crisis after another — the debt ceiling, the fiscal cliff and the sequester. Spreading fear and instability are certainly not a strategy to encourage investment and entrepreneurship,” Dunkelberg said in a statement.
Small businesses and big businesses also found themselves at odds during last year’s debate over the fiscal cliff, which led to a deal that raised the top individual tax rate to 39.6 percent. Many small businesses pay taxes through the individual code.
The latest NFIB index comes just days after the federal government reported that the jobless rate had fallen to 7.7 percent, after the economy added 236,000 jobs in February.
Most of the index’s components also increased in February, with the biggest boosts coming in plans for capital spending and higher inventories.