One of the greatest rewards of running a business is to look someone in the eye and say, "You got the job." Missourians value work and personal responsibility. All of us want to earn our paychecks, provide for our families and contribute to our communities. Too often government stands in the way of job creation with higher taxes and increased regulation. I support keeping taxes low to allow individuals and businesses to keep and spend more of their own money. When the tax burden is low, small businesses save money and can utilize those resources to hire employees, provide benefits, expand their businesses and create jobs.
I understand that every dollar spent by the Legislature is one less dollar you and your family have to spend. I will work to ensure Missourians' tax dollars are being spent responsibly. In my four plus years with MODOT, I came to understand that we cannot balance the budget with new taxes or the unfair treatment of hard working state employees.