The current recession has eliminated 300,000 jobs from Arizona's economy. For those families directly affected by these layoffs, there are likely very few issues that require more urgent attention. Serving in the Legislature, I will do everything in my power to remove the government induced barriers to job creation. As mentioned above, Arizona currently ranks 10th in the nation for the highest business property tax rate, 6th for the highest sales tax rate, and 22nd for the highest corporate income tax rate. These unusually high tax rates make up the largest obstacle to job creation. By working to reduce these burdens, our economy will restore these lost jobs and put Arizonans back to work.