I have been a small business owner now for several years. I have personally dealt with pay-cuts when business weakens and have endured the sacrifices required to make payroll. I know what it is like to pay taxes each month. As Lt. Governor, I will always fight for the small business owner and for their rights. Small business owners are the backbone of our state's economy. They need our support instead of the punishment of more taxes. In doing so, we will encourage others with an entrepreneurial spirit to start new businesses which will create more jobs. Small business owners need to know they have a conservative and supportive voice in the State Capitol. As Lt. Governor, I'll oppose legislation that gives more power to unions and special interests at the expense of benefits to business owners. I will not only fight for these principles here at home, but I will lobby our elected officials in Washington to remember them as well.