By Pablos Carlos Mora
Government needs to work with business, not against it, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton told Wagner Equipment Co. workers Monday.
"People are hurting. There are people in Washington, D.C., who have never run a business who are trying to make decisions for businesses," the Cortez Republican told about 15 workers at the company's plant, 2225 N. Interstate 25.
Tipton, who is running against Democrat Sal Pace in the November election, fielded questions from the men about taxes, gun control and health care.
"We have the highest corporate tax rate in the world. It is stopping the development of business," Tipton said. "We all have to pay taxes, but we're sitting on a 12.2 percent unemployment rate in Pueblo; in Grand Junction, it is 10.8 percent."
Tipton called tax legislation recently passed by the House "good, common sense law. We all need to help carry a little bit of the weight."
In answer to a question about gun control, Tipton said he does not believe new laws are necessary.
"I've not heard calls for more gun control. I live in rural America and believe in Second Amendment rights.