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ELECTION: McKenna looks good on jobs

Letter by Craig E. Hill, Puyallup on Sep. 18, 2012 at 12:09 pm with 9 Comments »
September 18, 2012 2:24 pm

The News Tribune reports that Washington’s unemployment rate is one of the highest in the country, and Pierce County continues to experience a decline in the numbers of jobs. We simply need a fresh approach.

As the president of the Tacoma–Pierce County Association of Realtors, I am keenly aware of the need for more jobs. Once people feel sure about jobs they think more confidently about buying a home. As a small business owner, I understand that we need to create a better business climate in our state so that more jobs are generated. I believe these are the reasons we need to elect Rob McKenna for governor.

McKenna has specific ideas on how to encourage job growth and hiring. He held 14 small business roundtables around the state, including in Tacoma. He listened to hundreds of the entrepreneurs and small business owners who create the jobs that we so desperately need. He heard from them what really holds back economic growth in this state and what state government can do to help.

McKenna understands that lowering the cost and complexity of doing business will stimulate hiring in Washington. We need regulatory certainty, tax simplification, a skilled workforce and changed attitudes in Olympia.

That changed attitude can be found in McKenna’s “New Direction” for Washington.


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  1. charliebucket says:

    What are McKenna’s specific ideas on encouraging job growth and hiring Craig, anybody?


  2. LeePHilI says:

    What in McKenna’s background, would indicate that he knows anything about building jobs in the private sector?

    As a realtor, Craig, you pay by performance only, therefore you have minimal cost of doing business – administrative only. Whether you have 10 agents or 10,000 agents, you have no additional cost of doing business, until the sale is generated.

    I’d be more impressed if you were in manufacturing and were worried about regulatory issues.

  3. charlie, I found these two articles from Crosscut helpful. (Crosscut calls themselves independent and bipartisan – you can judge for yourself).

    True to form, the Republican sees little value in government boosting specific job sectors or actively recruiting businesses. Reducing taxes and regulations is the key for McKenna, then sit back and watch the jobs appear.

    Also true to form, the Democrat believes government has a role in actively supporting some flegling businesses and recruiting new ones by government agencies and by incentives. He wants to cut taxes, too, so how to pay for these government activities becomes the issue.

    McKenna would give tax relief to all small businesses whether they increase hiring, expand or help create other small businesses.

    Inslee would give tax relief and incentives to targeted industries and businesses that increase employment, help create other businesses or expand.

    McKenna would keep all of the 500+ targeted exemptions in tax code, even if they don’t stimulate new businesses or hiring.

    Inslee would place an expiration date on all exemptions and review them to see if they actually help businesses prosper.

    I personally think Inslee has the better plan, even though both are short of specifics.



  4. http://crosscut.com/2012/05/04/washington-governor/8282/jay-inslee-jobs-plan-rob-mckenna/

    I copied the URL of the same article twice. Here is the second article.

  5. truthbusterguy says:

    If you want more of the same vote inslee.

    If you want new leadership vote McKenna.

    It’s that simple.

  6. charliebucket says:

    thanks tuddo. I will examine the links closer later.

  7. LeePHilI says:

    No, Truth…you’re that simple. Governors don’t control the legislation.

  8. averageJose says:

    I bet Chicago Teacher’s Union President, Karen Lewis, thinks Inslee went to private school…

  9. billaubrey27 says:

    I like Jay Inslee but have a huge problem with him running for reelection to Congress and then resigning to run for governor. That cost the taxpayers a pretty hefty chunk of change–not a good sign for someone claiming he will reduce costs.

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