Illinois Policy Institute highlights Central Illinois' most innovative family-owned small business to help defeat progressive tax increases in Illinois

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By showcasing the story of 300 Below as a local family-owned business, and accumulating over 25,000 views on YouTube, the Illinois Policy Institute was able to help defeat a new progressive tax proposal in Illinois, which would raise taxes by $700+ for the average Illinois household.

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The Last Straw is the story of innovation and taxation through the eyes of 300 Below, a family-owned small business faced with devastating policies proposed by Illinois Politicians who just want to add "a little bit more" to the taxes in Illinois. Told through the eyes of founder, owner, and CEO Pete Paulin, and his son, Prescott Paulin, The Last Straw highlights the challenges and opportunities of running a small business in Illinois, coupled with the hopes and dreams of improving the world around us.

300 Below was featured by the Illinois Policy Institute as one of Illinois' most innovative businesses, with its unique story of improving parts and metals for seven different industries operating in Illinois. With a value proposition of creating 300% longer life at only 20% cost of the items for all sorts of companies, 300 Below has the unique opportunity to apply its "green" environmentally-friendly technology to benefit the world around us... if only its entrepreneurs weren't faced with tax rate increases that take away from profits used to invest in new equipment and hire new employees.

As this story unfolds, viewers learn more about what it takes to start a company from only a few hundred dollars, work for decades to grow the business, and then be faced with untenable political policies that only serve to hinder the ongoing efforts of small business and free enterprise in Illinois. For 300 Below, the choice evolves to whether or not staying in Illinois is worth the added headache and expense, while thousands of jobs and job creators are fleeing to other states like Texas, where small businesses are thriving due to low taxes along with easy-to-obtain government business licenses and permits.

300 Below is proud to stand strong against unfair political practices that serve no benefit to fostering entrepreneurship and a steady free market economy. 300 Below fully supports the ongoing work of the Illinois Policy Institute in campaigning for policies that make sense for both the job creators and the hard working Illinois citizens they employ.

300 Below, Inc. provides metallurgical engineering services as the world's largest and oldest commercial cryogenic processing company, in business since 1966. Through its liquid nitrogen based services, molecular structures of steel components are rearranged to last 200-300% longer for around 20% cost of the component. For 2014, 300 Below has introduced a new line of non-toxic cleaning and lubrication technologies as well as a patented scrub pad. 300 Below's cryogenic tempering process acts an extension of the heat treatment process used in manufacturing defense and aerospace components, high-performance motorsports applications, 262,000+ gun barrels, sporting goods, and musical instruments. 300 Below has started 156 operations in 36 countries around the world with its technology. Customers include NASA, as well as all branches of the U.S. Military and their contractors.

The Illinois Policy Institute is a free market advocacy organization dedicated to transforming liberty principles into marketable policies that become law.  IPI measures itself by legislative results and deeply believes that the free market system, even with all of its flaws, is the most powerful force for good ever created in the human sphere.  It’s the best way to organize society in keeping with founding principles and it’s the best way to help the poor and disadvantaged while creating prosperity for all.  IPI is a 501(c)3 organization that takes a politically-aware and marketing-centric approach to creating and promoting policies, and thus legislation, that will advance free market principles and common sense reforms to change people’s lives for the better in Illinois.  Stories are told in human terms to empower Illinois’ talent and entrepreneurial abilities, and also highlight where policy intersects the lives of Illinois citizens.

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