There is no other issue more important to Coloradans than the creation of good jobs.
With a state unemployment rate of 6.1% as of February 2014, the most frequent concern I hear from the people in my district is how can we help our local businesses start hiring again? As an experienced businessman and small business owner, I understand business and economic issues. An educated workforce is important to employers looking to locate or grow in Colorado. However, Colorado is ranked 50th in per capita spending on higher education and almost as poorly on secondary education. To remain attractive to businesses, we must invest in education.
I want Colorado businesses to grow sustainably.
My legislative goal is to work for a economy that puts people to work in good paying jobs. Our ability to provide public services is directly tied to a vibrant economy with abundant, well paying jobs. That’s why I sponsor pro-business bills — to keep jobs in Colorado and ensure that we are investing in our workforce and our small-businesses. I am committed to economic recovery and job creation. Here are a few ideas:
- Encourage and Enable Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- Develop a Statewide Economic Development Plan
- Continue the Focus on a Renewable Energy Economy
- Encourage Business Lending
- Encourage Apprenticeships and Paid Internships to Train Skilled Workers
- Support Tourism
- The Keep Jobs in Colorado Act
Small businesses create 70% of all new jobs, so we must have an economic environment that encourages their prosperity. I am skeptical of legislation that imposes additional costs or burdens on business – our low personal, corporate, property and capital gain tax rates and low utility costs are appealing to businesses. I support efforts to preserve and promote our low tax, business friendly environment.