The halls of Congress continue to resound with the clashing of ideological swords, and that cacophony will only become louder as the fall elections draw near.

What are the owners of small businesses keeping an eye on during this election season? Paychex, the payroll company that serves myriad small businesses, took the pulse of some of its clients and came up with a list of the top 5 small biz election issues. They are, in order of importance:

1. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.