Growing the Economy for Businesses and Workers

In order for our region to thrive we must build a diverse economy that strengthens the middle class by focusing on manufacturing and technology, small business creation, agriculture, education and career training. Government should and can reduce regulatory burden and create an environment that encourages investment and job creation by bringing together small businesses, local colleges and technical schools, and community leaders to start conversations that lead to the development of solutions; however, actual solutions depend on those in the private sector. I believe that government should be a partner to entrepreneurs, not an obstacle. 

At the same time, costs are on the rise and we need to put policies in place that protect consumers so they have more money in their pockets. Whether it’s the cable bill, cell phone bill, utility bill or prescription drug costs, we need to focus on helping lower the cost of living and raising peoples’ pay. We should start by lowering prescription drug costs and preventing mega corporate mergers that create monopolies and drive up costs. Next, we need to keep taxes low and support an economy that rewards the American worker. This means cracking down on countries that cheat and eliminating tax breaks for big businesses that ship jobs overseas, instead pushing for smart tax policies that help businesses grow and hire. Finally, we need a real infrastructure plan to fix our aging roads, bridges and water systems. We also need to make sure every American has access to high-speed internet, especially, in our underserved urban and rural communities.

Perhaps most important, the 22nd District needs a representative who has proven their ability to work across party lines and with elected officials at all levels of government. Our district needs an independent voice with a track record of standing up to their own party and reaching across the aisle to get results.