June 4, 2012
Mike Anson, left, co-owner of Anson Excavating & Pipe Inc., and Scott Cook, owner of Cook Chevrolet, participated in a press call Monday for the campaign for Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney. They highlighted over-regulation, health care costs and a lack of consumer confidence as some of the main hurdles they face in business.
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Anson Excavating & Pipe Inc. could once land jobs totaling $500,000 to $1 million or more, co-owner Mike Anson said. But that was before a recession undermined the economy and, by extension, consumers’ faith in it. Now, his biggest jobs usually top out at around $200,000, he said, or only 20 percent of what he once made in better days. “There’s a lot of uncertainty out there in the world,” he said during a media conference call with the campaign for Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney. “We just can’t get anybody to spend any money.” He and Scott Cook, owner of Cook Chevrolet, were invited to give the campaign a boots-on-the-ground view of the challenges facing small business owners. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., joined them in the call, directing criticisms at President Barack Obama.