Jobs & The Economy
Undoubtedly, jobs and the economy are the most important issues during this campaign. Unemployment in some parts of Southern Virginia is almost 20 percent. As your Delegate, jobs will be my number one priority. I have a specific, five-point plan to put Southern Virginia working.
First, we must keep taxes low. Tax increases kill jobs and discourages investment.
Second, I will continue to work with Governor McDonnell to attract new jobs and encourage opportunities. Over the last two years, we have invested over $100 million in economic development. We must continue to make that investment in the future.
Third, we must reduce and eliminate unnecessary regulations. Unnecessary regulation burdens businesses and means job creators aren’t focused on growing their companies.
Fourth, we must invest in education and transportation. Our education system must produce students that can compete in the global economy. Our transportation system must encourage growth and economic movement.
Finally, we must develop Virginia’s energy resources. The high cost of energy hurts businesses and families. The cost of electricity, gasoline, heating oil, diesel fuel and other energy must be reduced – but it must be reduced by developing our own energy resources. We should continue to explore for energy resources, focus on developing the resources we have and develop alternative energy.
All of these issues deserve significant attention, but at the moment these issues are framed in relation to creating jobs and moving our economy forward.
I believe we should keep taxes low to encourage investment and growth. We don’t need to raise your taxes in order to pay for every little program and department that government thinks it needs.
You are the person that can best spend the money you own. When I go to Richmond, I will not raise your taxes.
Families all across the Commonwealth are tightening their belts. I believe government should to the same. In Virginia, we balance our budget every year and for the last two years, we have done that without raising your taxes.
When I go back to Richmond, I promise to be a good steward of taxpayer dollars as I always have been. We should fund appropriately the core services of government, without being frivolous or irresponsible.
Our education system must be the best in the world. I believe we should empower local school boards, teachers and parents so they can best decide how to educate our children.
Bureaucrats in Richmond and Washington don’t know your children, and the don’t know how best to educate them.
I also believe we should continue to invest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mechanical (STEM) Education and Career & Technical Education. Our children should be skilled in trade and labor, so they can fulfill the jobs our communities need.
I believe we should stop unfair rate hikes. I have passed legislation that works toward this goal. I passed a bill that gives Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli more time to review rate increase requests. I also passed legislation that ended the interim rate hikes imposed by utility companies.
The real problem with electric utilities, however, is Washington. Barack Obama and the EPA are imposing crushing regulations on our utility companies. Eighty percent of the current proposed rate increases in our region are due to regulation from Washington. That’s not fair. And Washington should stop hurting families with their ridiculous regulations.
I believe Virginia should have the best health care system in the world. We should work to ensure access to quality and affordable care for all Virginians. In Richmond, I have worked to improve our health care system with market-based reforms.
We cannot do it alone, however. The federal government is imposing unfunded mandates and requirements that are making it difficult for state governments to meet their obligations. In Richmond, we must tackle these challenges with common sense and an understanding about the issues.
Small Town, Rural Values
I am a conservative Christian who believes every life is precious. I am unapologetic about my pro-life position and I will fight to defend these values in Richmond.
I am also pro-gun. I am proud to be endorsed by the National Rifle Association and I believe that every individual should have the right to own and carry a firearm. I will defend your gun rights as your Delegate.
Your property rights are often under attack by government. I believe we should protect the rights of property owners.