Having the right beliefs is important, but putting those beliefs into action is where the rubber meets the road. As the Director of Policy at Pennsylvania's Department of Labor & Industry, Ryan was viewed as an effective and conservative policymaker who had the ability to persuade others with well-researched facts and figures. For instance, Mackenzie served as the policy lead on the 2011 legislation that reformed unemployment compensation.
"The unemployment compensation reform legislation that passed last spring was a positive step in the right direction and will ultimately save the state and taxpayers over $120 million annually. Commonsense reforms like this need to be carried out because citizens and businesses are being crushed by taxes. I will always be a strong advocate for limiting the scope of government; reducing wasteful spending; and making government more effective and efficient."