ST. PAUL, Minn., October 22, 2020 — The state’s major small business group, the National
Federation of Independent Business Minnesota, with close to 10,000 members, announced
today that Representative Jon Koznick (Lakeville) was awarded the prestigious NFIB
Guardian of Small Business award.
NFIB gives out its Guardian of Small Business award at both the federal and state level to
recognize lawmakers who have been supportive of small business on critical issues.
Koznick’s award was based on votes he took during the 2019-2020 sessions of the
Minnesota Legislature. He has been a real friend of small business and a voice for restraint,
opposing several negative bills that were passed in the Minnesota House that were
detrimental for small business. They included:
• A massive 70% increase in the state’s gas tax
• A large and unjustifiable $3 billion tax increase while the state was running a $1
• Opposed an excessively expensive new $1 billion paid family leave program that
placed a new tax on every employer and worker in the state
“Representative Koznick is a real friend of small business, and we are happy to announce
that he has earned the NFIB Guardian of Small Business Award,” said Mike Hickey, NFIB
Minnesota state director.