American Voters Agree: We Need More Jobs, Not More Lawsuits
As a business owner in Texas, I have seen firsthand how abusive lawsuits can hinder economic growth and how legal reform can help a state attract new employers and create jobs. Reforms have played a key role in Texas’ economic boom, but in other states, lawsuit abuse continues to damage small businesses and hurt job creation.
For too long, legal reform has been viewed through a partisan lens when it should be viewed as a simple economic equation: stopping lawsuit abuse will help create jobs.
The good news here is that Americans agree, and by enormous margins, according to a survey released recently by the American Tort Reform Association and Sick of Lawsuits. The survey found that almost 9 in 10 voters feel lawsuit abuse is a problem, and that 78 percent believe there are too many lawsuits in the U. S. Whether it is large companies facing class action lawsuits or small businesses getting hit with “gotcha lawsuits” for a quick payday, Americans have seen that lawsuit abuse is stifling economic growth and costing American jobs, and know fixing it will help the economy.
The poll also found that 72 percent of voters agree “Our country’s liability lawsuit system makes it harder for employers to do business and succeed,” and 88 percent want safeguards put in place to protect small businesses from frivolous lawsuits that could put them out of business.
Perhaps most uplifting is that voters are ready to do something about it by voting for candidates who favor legal reform. According to the survey, 73 percent of voters are more likely to vote for a candidate who supports lawsuit-reducing liability reforms.
With growing discontent over our nation’s economic woes, we need to create jobs, not lawsuits. Here in Texas, that means we need to defend the legal reforms that have improved our economy. This election, make sure your candidates for local, state and national office will defend legal reform.