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Issue Position: Jobs

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In this recession job creation is critical. That's why I've worked to cut bloated government programs while working to stimulate the private sector. I've worked to cut the bureaucratic red tape that chokes our small businesses, and I've promoted reasonable tax breaks and incentives to the job-producing companies that have shown a commitment to our state and our families. Washington has long been a hub for some of the most forward-thinking companies in the world, and we must continue to reward businesses with future potential such as high-tech, renewable energy, and life sciences. We must set Washington back on a path to economic prosperity and job growth.

Key to all of this is ensuring our education system is the best in the world, which in turn will build a highly trained skilled workforce. I see a future Washington continuing to develop the brightest minds in science, engineering and technology while also building and maintaining a skilled workforce that can build our roads, buildings, and airplanes.

I will continue to:

-Reduce Government regulations for small business

-Target tax breaks to key economic sectors

-Target investment in our infrastructure such as roads, bridges, sewer, and power. Do not raid the public works trust fund to fund government programs.

-Create a highly skilled workforce ready to compete in our global economy.

What I've done:

-Passed largest renewable energy bill SB 6170 (2009) in our state helping many small businesses involved in renewable energy

-Passed tax incentives for Aerospace repair facilities to keep jobs in Snohomish County and to maintain the aerospace industry here at home SB 6712 (2010)

-Passed tax incentives for a metal foundry SB 6339 to keep a manufacturing base and family wage jobs here in Snohomish County(2010)

-Helped keep a small family own airline from leaving Washington State (SB 5358, HB 1287)

-Pushed for improved funding and emphasis on career and technical education to create a highly skilled workforce. (SB 5790)


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