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Issue Position: Raising Taxes and Using Private Business in Government

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We cannot stimulate the economy and create more jobs by raising taxes or raising fees. Government must prioritize needs and do only those things which cannot be done by free enterprise. We should include private business and the free enterprise competitive market place in all that government does. This can be done through a competitive bidding process. An example is what we did with the County Roads and Bridges Department when I was a County Commissioner. We bid our gravel hauling to private companies rather than buy trucks and hire people to do it ourselves. If the County owned the trucks they would not be used except for a short time of each year. Private companies on the other hand are more efficient because their trucks are working almost all year. Government should always be looking for ways of doing things more efficiently thereby saving tax dollars and keeping the tax rate low. If tax rates are lower and businesses and individuals have more disposable income they will spend that money for business expansion and thus more jobs.

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