M.J. Lee in Politico: Poll — Small-business owners fear economic situation

Most small businesses that aren’t hiring say they don’t want to bring on new employees at this time because of concerns about the economy, as well as fears about the cost of health care, according to a new poll Wednesday.

Seventy-one percent of those surveyed said revenues/sales wouldn’t justify hiring additional workers, while 66 percent expressed worries about the overall economic situation, Gallup found. Seventy-six percent of small businesses said they simply don’t need any more workers at this time.

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