There is no more pressing issue in Joe's mind than promoting good living-wage jobs for our community and across the state. Joe doesn't plan to wait for the federal government to stimulate our economy back to life. He knows that vibrant small businesses and the entrepreneurial spirit is the key to our economic future. Joe has supported legislation designed to get state government off the backs of hard-working small business owners and their workforce. The regulatory reforms Joe backed will require the development of economic impact statements for proposed state regulations so that the true impact on employers and small business owners is known and understood. In addition, Joe supported a state budget in 2011 that resulted in no new taxes -- taxes that in the past have created additional burdens and suppressed job creation. Joe has also crafted innovative legislation that will provide tax credits and incentives to companies that attract other employers to Pennsylvania and create jobs.