Since first taking office in January 2009, Steve has been working to bring jobs into the Yardley-Newtown area while fighting to protect the jobs that we already have.
In 2010, Steve succeeded in getting a major international marketing firm to relocate to Lower Makefield, bringing with it over 200 jobs to our community. At the same time, Steve fought the New Jersey Legislature over its proposal to require that all New Jersey public employees live in the Garden State. As a result of his efforts, New Jersey lawmakers and Governor Christie finally agreed to exempt current employees from the new rule, saving over 3,000 families in the Yardley-Newtown area from having to choose between their jobs and their homes.
But we need to do more.
That's why Steve has co-sponsored a series of bills (HB 2181, 2182, 2183, and 2184) that will create a system of tax credits to help businesses expand and create more jobs. Those credits will complement the legislation that Steve proposed in 2010 -- which was passed and signed into law in July of that year as part of the budget package -- that will make more credit available to small businesses as they grow.
Steve also succeeded in recently amending the so called P3 (public, private, partnership) transportation bill, to require any project to build or maintain transportation infrastructure under the program to prioritize the use of PA companies, employees, and steel first.
Finally, as the economy begins to improve and revenues to the state pick up, we need to continue previous efforts to lower the corporate net income tax rate to help make Pennsylvania more competitive with other states. At the same time, we should phase out the corporate stock and franchise tax for the same reason.