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Murdock earns Small Business Award

State Rep. Mark Murdock recently earned a Guardian of Small Business Award for his effort on workforce-related issues during the 2009-10 session.

"Small businesses are the real backbone of our local communities," said Murdock, R-Perham. "We all know our economy has sagged in recent years and it's really been tough for our mom-and-pop shops. But it's our small businesses that are going to lead us back from this downturn if we can just get out of the way and let these folks do what they do best."

"I am honored to receive this award and will remain committed to helping our small businesses grow so more people can get back to work."

Murdock received the award from the National Federation of Independent Business, which is Minnesota's largest business group in terms of entities. State Director of NFIB/MN Mike Hickey said Murdock was recognized for his votes in support of small business, including voting against several significant tax increases. Murdock also supported legislation to expand the Small Employer Flexible Benefit Plan Law to more small businesses and importantly individuals, and opposed a measure to raise the cost of Health Savings Account plans.

"Representative Murdock is a strong supporter of small business at the Capitol and we really appreciate that" Hickey said. "He made many votes in support of small business and is a real friend. We are happy to announce that he has earned the Guardian of Small Business Award."

Rep. Murdock encourages constituents to contact his new office with input regarding any state legislative issue. He can be reached on the web at and via email at To contact Murdock by phone, call 651-296-4293. Mail can be sent to Rep. Mark Murdock, 213 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155.