We need jobs, but the best way to create real jobs is by promoting our free-market economy. Lowering taxes on business and industry, we can provide the climate that fosters growth and creates sustainable jobs, not just government funded ones that go away when the money runs out. We can help new and small business start-ups and help existing businesses grow and be more successful if we eliminate personal property taxes. We need to resist efforts by the national government to turn to socialist programs and to mandates such programs be enacted by the states.. Legislation that uses the "iron fist” of government to force businesses of citizens to comply "or else" is counterproductive. I believe in our free-market system and that the government regulation of business is best kept to a minimum. The money promised by the national government for state programs always has long strings attached and when the national money runs out, the taxpayers are stuck with the ongoing costs. We need to have the discipline to live within our means just as you and your family have to do all the time.
As a former state legislator, I enjoyed a reputation of being one of the most pro-business legislators in the Capitol. The business community in my district knows I spent more time and energy attending ribbon cutting ceremonies than any elected official. My goal is to welcome, encourage and support all legitimate business endeavors. It is important that whatever legislation is passed applies to all businesses equally. One of our O'Fallon businesses has a sign that says, "Please don't ask for special discounts. We consider all our customers to be special and want to offer the best prices to everyone." I really like that. In Missouri we should consider all our businesses to be important and offer the same good service and benefits to everyone. That is the right way to govern.