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Issues

Helping, Not Harming, Small Businesses

Our state government SHOULD be doing all it can to give relief to our small businesses. After all, it is the private sector that will lift us out of this recession. The Democrats in Olympia obviously don’t see it that way. They continue to make poor decisions regarding businesses, making it harder for entrepreneurs to add employees and grow. As a small business owner, I see the burdensome regulations and myriad rules the state imposes on people who are just trying to succeed and support their families. The unemployment rate is still much too high in Whatcom County with many people still struggling to make ends meet or find full employment. We need a state representative focused on streamlining government’s role in order to expand the jobs base so people can get back to work and feel secure in their family’s future.
As we see our economy gradually come back to life, we need to make sure we don’t choke out the growth by enacting new programs and creating more regulations, red tape and bureaucracy.

 

A Budget We Can Pay For

Olympia goes through the same boom-and-bust cycle every few years. During times like the housing boom, state legislators spend with reckless abandon, saving little for the inevitable downturn. Then, when the economy cools, they can cut programs they just instituted, or increase taxes. They overpromise and under deliver. We can write a state budget that funds our priorities without new taxes. Our budget, cycle after cycle, sees about a 7% increase in the amount of money it collects from you and me, the taxpayers. Wouldn’t it be great if all our businesses and families could see that same growth? Yet each year, the majority in the House continues to vote for more and more taxes, growing government beyond what we can afford. With proper planning, we can craft a sustainable state budget that we can afford today AND for years to come. I fully support proposals to set aside “extraordinary revenues” in a Rainy Day fund so state government can survive a recession without hitting up the citizens for more taxes.

 

Respecting YOUR Choices

In the last two decades, you have voted five separate times to require a 2/3 vote in the Legislature for voter approval to raise taxes. On five separate occasions, your voice has been tossed aside by the Legislature and most recently by the State Supreme Court. When the people’s will becomes inconvenient in Olympia, it is ignored. The 2/3 requirement isn’t about hamstringing government; it’s about expecting legislators to act in a bipartisan fashion to find solutions. You have spoken clearly on this issue. I respect that, and I will stand with you in Olympia to defend the right of the people to make law.

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