Taxes/Economy

I have owned my own small business for over 13 years. I know firsthand how tough it can be to be a business owner here in Massachusetts and more specifically in Western Massachusetts. This means as legislation passes my desk that will have a direct impact on other businesses I will weigh it from a perspective that is of an actual business owner.”

NO NEW TAXES UNLESS THERE IS SERIOUS SPENDING REFORM
I cannot in good conscience considering raising taxes of any type; on millionaires, the middle class, internet sales or paint for that matter; like my opponent has, unless we start making serious changes in the way the Legislature currently spends our money.

ROLL INCOME TAX BACK TO 5% LIKE THE VOTERS VOTED FOR
I will vote in favor of rolling the income taxes back to 5% that the voters voted for in 2000. It was supposed to be at 5% in 2003… It is now 2016 and it is not 5%. We need to keep the promise to the voters.

INVOLVE CHILDREN IN TRADES EARLIER
I believe that college may not be the best thing for every child and that the trades are a wonderful option that can be a great career path. We need to introduce the trades at a younger age preferably middle school so that children can start to get their hands dirty and get a truer sense if that is something they wish to pursue. Asking kids to make a decision after 8th grade whether or not they would like to go to a vocational school after not getting to experience what that may mean is not the route to go.

CREATE A REAL PIPELINE TO JOBS
With the thousands of unfilled jobs in the precision manufacturing industry right here in the Valley we need to create a real pipeline to those jobs. Our vocational and technical high schools, our community colleges and out workforce development programs need to be speaking directly to these businesses and developing curriculum that will train these folks for a job on the other end. This includes having students go directly to the job site and learn on the machines they will use and learn firsthand from people they may work for. This model can be used for other industries that are in need of well trained employees throughout the Valley.

MAKE IT EASIER TO OWN AND RUN A SMALL BUSINESS
This is something my opponent clearly does not understand as he voted against a simple measure to reduce the LLC license filing fee from $500 to $250; yet he has the gall to speak about ‘outdated government roadblocks.’. This is one of the highest fees in the Nation. I will stand strong to make this change and also work and speak with small businesses around the region to see if there are other ways in which we can make it less of a burden for them to run a business and hire more people.