State of Virginia Archives: on Corporations
OpEd: Sounded alarm in 2010 on international competitiveness
Raese noted the effects of higher taxes and higher regulations on private sector job growth. As a businessman who keeps close tabs on foreign competitors, he frequently asserted that such hindrances to business here in the U.S. made it nearly impossible
to compete against foreign countries.
So it is that the United States, who a generation ago was the economic master of all it surveyed following World War II, now finds itself struggling to compete against a rising cadre of new economic powers.
John Raese, businessman, sounded that alarm, too, in 2010 and 2012. Clearly, he wants us to be able to compete effectively on all fronts again.
That's tough to do when our government has to pay so much of our budget just to pay the interest on a
$16 trillion national debt--another Raese deeply-felt concern. Raese's perspective is as valid today as it was then. Given our ongoing economic problems today, his words ring true even more.
Source: Huntington News editorial on 2014 West Virginia Senate race
Nov 21, 2013
End ALL government subsidies of specific industries
We need to root out crony capitalism and return to the Rule of Law. I propose:
Source: 2013 Virginia Governor campaign website, robertsarvis.com
Sep 21, 2013
- Focusing economic regulation and law enforcement on the protection of rights and preservation of an equal playing field for all
Eliminating ALL regulations that insulate market incumbents from competition
- Ending ALL government subsidies of specific industries or companies
Removing ALL special tax and regulatory treatment of particular industries or companies
- Keeping government neutral with regard to technological solutions, investment decisions, business inputs and business methods, etc.
Getting rid of discretionary funds and returning the money to taxpayers.
Encourage corporations to repatriate their foreign earnings
Both Allen and Kaine said they support tax reform that would encourage corporations to repatriate their foreign earnings.
And they said they want to make it easier for foreign students to get visas and green cards after they graduate from American universities.
Source: Washington Post coverage of 2012 Virginia Senate Debates
Jun 28, 2012
Focus on small business and job creation
According to Radtke, auring his Senate term, Allen "voted for every single spending bill, added $3 trillion to the national debt, and he voted for his own salary increase when we were deficit spending. He took money from Fannie and Freddie
Mac and refused to support reform, and we're still reeling from that, even today. And he voted for the largest expansion of entitlements since Lyndon Johnson's Great Society." Allen stuck to what he called his "positive agenda,"
focusing on small business and job creation. He said he'd support "policies that actually make it easier to invest and create jobs, including simple, fair and competitive tax laws, reasonable regulations, affordable, plentiful
American energy, and empowering education opportunities that will send a message to the world that America is open for business again."
Source: The Virginian-Pilot on 2012 Virginia Senate debate
May 12, 2012
Small businesses are the backbone of Virginia's economy
Small businesses are the backbone of Virginia's economy, accounting for 97.5% of all existing business establishments in the Commonwealth. As Governor, Bob McDonnell will continue to support policies that help small businesses, and in turn the worker
Source: 2009 Virginia Gubernatorial campaign site, bobmcdonnell.com
Nov 3, 2009
- Commit Virginia government to approve most routine business applications within 48 hours
- Significantly enhance the "The Virginia Business One Stop" website into a "First and Only Stop" by increasing the information, resources, and
assistance available to ensure that only one stop is necessary to get a new business up and running with minimal delay
- Work with Virginia localities to get all necessary paperwork and forms for small business start ups online
Fast track the permit process for small businesses
- Make it easier for businesses in good standing that are expanding within Virginia, or moving into the state, to operate under temporary licenses while awaiting official approval.
Get rid of taxes & regulations to make VA best for business
With the current economy, both Deeds & McDonnell are focusing on jobs in Virginia. "Part of my plan is to give a tax break for every job created," says Deeds.
"I've set a goal of Virginia being the best place in America for small business," says
McDonnell. "Get rid of some of the bureaucracy, the tax and the regulatory policies. 48-hour turn around time, one stop permitting to get entrepreneurs. I want to see the next Bill Gates come out of Virginia,".
Source: WHSV-TV-3 coverage: 2009 Virginia gubernatorial debate
Jul 25, 2009
Joe Manchin III:
8 goals for Open for Business commitments
We have to start with the basics and set some goals:
- Running state government like a business
- Developing a seamless education system
- Providing quality, affordable healthcare to our citizens
- Encouraging regions to work together
Promoting our workforce development efforts
- Preserving our small businesses
- Investing in our Infrastructure & Environment
- Improving our Overall Business ClimateThese 8 goals are a great beginning in meeting my Open for Business commitments.
Source: 2005 State of the State Address to West Virginia legislature
Feb 9, 2005
Lobbied to restrict class action lawsuits on corporate fraud
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce paid Gillespie's lobbying firm, Quinn-Gillespie, $860,000 to lobby for the so-called Class Action Fairness Act, which would make it easier for companies to
prevail in class action lawsuits accusing them of defrauding customers. All told, the firm has collected at least $1.12 million to lobby for this anti-consumer bill
Source: Public Citizen Congress Watch on 2014 Virginia Senate race
Jun 1, 2003
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