I was raised in a family of small business owners. My father has owned a car repair shop for three decades, my mother owned a toy store, and several of my siblings are entrepreneurs - including a brother who owns a car repair shop on the Western Slope. From my very formative years, I learned to appreciate the importance of small businesses to our local communities' economies.
The backbone of Colorado's economy, small businesses account for the vast majority of jobs in the 3rd Congressional District. Small businesses make up 97.7% of all employers and provide 50.2% of jobs in Colorado. Unfortunately, this recession has hit them the hardest.
To get people back to work, we need to provide the resources small businesses need to grow and bring primary jobs back to our rural communities. I co-sponsored the Colorado JOBS Act which would have given Colorado's entrepreneurs the tools, support, resources and counseling they need for their small businesses to succeed and to help mid-size companies grow. I also helped establish a small business navigator to provide a single point of contact for small businesses to aid them in diagnosing problems, streamlining referrals, and cutting through red tape.
I know that government doesn't create jobs. But government can help create the climate for growth. We need tax policies that are fair; regulations that make sense; and incentives that work.
We've all faced tough times. But political squabbling and finger-pointing doesn't create a single job. We need to work together to restore a "can do" attitude, to reduce the deficit, to control spending, to reinvest in workforce training, to implement a tax code that doesn't create incentives to outsource jobs, to provide some certainty to our business owners, to make the investments in our people which may pay dividends in the long run.