Because Missouri is bordered by so many states, we compete with each one for job growth. Our state needs to stay competitive to grow and provide jobs for our citizens. My three part plan provides specific solutions and ideas to move forward into the 21st century economy:
Workers Compensation Reform: Stop uncertainty among employers by fixing the 2nd Injury Fund. Provide specific solutions to the workers compensation system gleaned from years of experience working in the field.
Right to Work: Ensuring employees have the right to decide whether or not to join a union is a simple matter of freedom in the workplace. Further, counties in Right to Work states grow jobs 26% faster than counties they border in non Right to Work state. Between 2000 and 2008, Missouri lost 75,000 manufacturing jobs while in that same time period, Right to Work states saw manufacturing GDP grow nearly 20%. Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas are all Right to Work states, Missouri is at a disadvantage in competing with these states for jobs. Elijah will work tirelessly to see Missouri become the 24th state to pass Right to Work.
Maintain a Competitive Tax Rate: Missouri needs to keep taxes low to encourage job growth and keep employers in the state from leaving. Elijah will oppose any tax increases that will drive jobs out of state and represent a burden to Missouri taxpayers.