The clearest way out of our current troubles is growth--growth in jobs, growth in income, growth in the economy.
MIHOS: Iím a small business person. I know how difficult it is to run a small business, especially in the Commonwealth. The only way weíre going to get people coming into Massachusetts and investing back in here- whether large business, small business, or whatever- is weíve got to roll back the property tax and Christyís Proposition One does it. Weíve got to take the hurt out of living here. We canít afford living here.
PATRICK: Weíve got to speed up the permitting and approval processes. I also think we have to do things to connect up good ideas with the capital they need to get started. Remember, it is small and medium businesses where most jobs get created and itís a good idea looking for capital in a neighborhood. I also think weíve got to reinvest in our infrastructure, because if the roads and bridges are falling apart businesses will leave.
ROSS: I think itís really critical that we understand that all of the tax breaks and most of the property breaks are only going to the very large corporations. Small business owners are concerned about health care costs and utility costs. We need real universal health coverage thatís going to take the health care burden off of those of us who are self-employed, off of small businesses and off of our municipalities. Itís a huge expense.
HEALEY: Small businesses are facing an incredible challenge right now. When people are trying to expand, they canít do it. If we really are serious about job creation, we need to roll back the income tax. And then finally, we need to work on our permitting process. Businesses canít expand if they donít know when they can get that shovel in the ground. Weíll continue to work hard to make it easier.
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