I come from a business family, so I understand that government doesn't create jobs--businesses do. However, government can help to create the conditions for economic growth--ensure a level playing field and to create incentives to encourage private enterprise to adapt in the changing global economy.
In Congress, I have introduced a plan to renew Western New York's economy through targeted investments in infrastructure, energy, education and small business, and I've worked to create fair tax policies that encourage companies to stay and grow in the United States.
To that end, I have crossed party lines to pass small business tax cuts, and I voted for a bi-partisan plan to extend the payroll tax cut for middle class Americans. Furthermore, I have introduced legislation to encourage partnerships between local employers and educational institutions to ensure that our graduates have the marketable skills needed to find work right here in Western New York.
I also recognize that sometimes government's role is simply to get out of the way. That is why I have worked to promote a common sense regulatory structure that protects our health and safety without creating unnecessary burdens for our innovators, famers, and small business owners.
Given a level playing field, Western New York businesses can compete with anyone in the world, and I have been a strong supporter of the Make It in America Agenda. It's also why I have opposed budget proposals that give another unneeded tax break to millions and corporations that ship jobs overseas.
From leading colleges and universities and low cost power to international airports and an ideal location to connect domestic and international markets, Western New York is well positioned to emerge as a leader in the 21st Century economy. I'm confident that if we make smart investment today--in infrastructure, energy development, education, and small businesses--we will lay a strong foundation for economic growth in Western New York.