I believe small business is the life's blood of our economy. I am an advocate of the free enterprise system. I believe that lower taxes will encourage economic growth. Raising taxes stifles growth, weakens the economy and puts more people out of work. Our economy works best when individuals have more of their own income to spend, and businesses have money to invest, expand and add jobs. I am a strong proponent of Home Rule. Local governments know and understand their own needs. Every local government in the state is over burdened with unfunded mandates. I will be a fiscal watchdog in the state legislature fighting bigger government, higher taxes and wasteful spending.