We must get people back to work! Most of us know someone who is out of work, has had their hours reduced or who are barely making it. Unemployment in the state and in the 26th district has been too high for too long. While the recession officially ended in June, 2009, many in this district remain part of the unemployed. In Kitsap County the unemployment rate remains at 7.6%. Washington is one of the ten most expensive states in the entire country in which to run a company and have employees. I will work hard to:
* Reduce the unemployment Rate in the 26th District, Kitsap County and throughout Washington state.
* Make is easier for small business owners to continue to run their businesses and create an environment that will attract new employers and small business to Washington State.
* Provide relief to small businesses who are struggling to stay afloat through improving the regulatory environment. Barriers to hiring new employees include treacherous regulations and a confusing and difficult tax structure.