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Champion for the job-creator

By Cathy Wright
Posted Tuesday, June 21, 2011

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Pittsboro, NC - In last year's election it was all about jobs, taxes and spending. I am pleased to see that our leaders, both in the General Assembly and in Chatham County, have stuck to this message and are keeping their promises. Private sector jobs are the priority, and they are working to make our state and county an attractive place for businesses to grow, so we can produce more jobs. This encompasses a lot of things, but reducing taxes and regulatory roadblocks for businesses is crucial. Prioritizing and controlling essential spending so that we can be in the position to lower taxes is the key to help grow our economy.

 

Our people - the worker, entrepreneur, storekeeper, and the small businessman are essential to re-igniting a robust economy. It is these individuals who are our country's producers, savers, investors, innovators, and risk-takers. Small businesses create the vast majority of new jobs. The president and our own governor have produced great uncertainty regarding taxes, regulatory issues, monetary policy, health care, and global political issues,and who would want to start a new business amidst this mess?

 

The Chatham Board of Commissioners recently passed a budget that will reduce overall spending but does not raise property taxes or reduce funding to core priorities such as schools and public safety. The commissioners recommended that the Affordable Housing/Green Building Specialist be restructured and renamed. The new position will continue to handle current functions but will now assume the role of ombudsman for new development projects. This means that if someone wants to create jobs in the county, they will have someone who can guide them through the process, a great step forward in becoming easier to do business in Chatham.

 

In Raleigh the House and Senate passed a balanced budget with no tax rate increases or borrowing. The budget discontinues temporary sales and corporate tax rate increases which makes North Carolina more competitive with surrounding states and puts $1.3 billion back into family budgets.

 

Both House and Senate members proposed legislation to limit the financial burden of regulation on businesses. SB22 limits new agency regulatory requirements that result in substantial additional costs. HB162 exempts certain activities related to small-scale processing of agricultural products from wastewater permit requirements. HB200 limits the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services from imposing standards or limitations that are more restrictive than the federal government. HB237 would require economic impact statements on all bills that propose regulatory changes. HB619 will stimulate economic activity by temporarily reducing the income tax burden on businesses.

 

These are just a few examples of efforts to support our job-creating people.

 

They are the only hope for pulling us out of this economic turmoil and they need us to champion their cause.

 

Cathy Wright is the Chatham County GOP chairman

 
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