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Issue Position: Jobs and the Economy

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I believe in free market policies that will create a business friendly climate in our state, such as eliminating the business franchise tax; this will enable small businesses, who are a vital part of our community in the 48th district, to prosper. When I'm elected to serve you in Charleston, I will support many of the policy reforms that are found in the book "Unleashing Capitalism" by WV economist Dr. Russ Sobel. I will author and sponsor bills that will ensure long term economic growth, which will create jobs & bring prosperity to our district and our state.

The six critical goals towards creating jobs and opportunity are:

1. Create a Fiscally Responsible Government

Keep tax rates low on income and consumption
Implement a sensible, broad-based tax system
Balance the budget
Eliminate "corporate welfare" that props up failing private companies/industries

2. Focus on the Proper Role of Government in the 21st Century

Determine the proper role of government and eliminate programs which don't meet that role or achieve needed results
Deliver more efficiently core state services such as education and healthcare
Make certain that benefits for state workers are reasonable and sustainable
Reward state employees for savings generated by their innovation and efficiency
Expand privatization and competitive contracting to build infrastructure
Ensure that the benefits of proposed regulations exceed costs

3. Look to Energy to Power Job Creation

Simplify permitting processes to bring clean coal and nuclear plants to market
Refrain from imposing excessive, punitive taxes and regulations on natural gas and oil extraction
Repeal unreasonable mandates and regulations that drive up electricity costs
Review all energy efficiency state standards that exceed federal standards

4. Embrace Free-Market Reforms in the Era of Obamacare

Make health insurance personal, portable and renewable
Give individuals the same tax benefits for purchasing insurance as businesses
Allow Medicaid enrollees to control some of their own healthcare dollars
Repeal state laws which drive up the cost of prescription drugs

5. Improve Education with Student-Centered Results

Mobilize parents to hold elected leaders, principals and educators accountable
Empower parents and students to select the schools best suited for them
Simplify school funding and ensure that more dollars go directly into classrooms
Reward effective teaching that results in improved student performance

6. Establish a Justice System Free of Lawsuit Abuse

Place caps on non-economic and punitive damages awards
Reform class action lawsuits
Require a loser pay system
Replace the rule of joint and several liability with the rule of proportionate liability

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