BUSINESSESS AND TAXES
As a business owner, I have experienced firsthand how excessive regulations and complicated tax codes hinder and stifle small business. Small business is the backbone to our Michigan economy and successful businesses can only be achieved through free market solutions; free from excessive regulations, taxes and bureaucratic red tape. Businesses cannot expand if all of their profits are going to fund a bloated government in the form of taxes. Business owners can use those profits to further stimulate the economy by employing more citizens, expanding their business plans or helping their families achieve their dreams.
Taxes by their very nature reduce a citizen’s freedom. As stated in the Republican platform (2012), “in a free society, taxes should fund services that are essential and authorized by the Constitution, such as national security and the care of those who cannot care for themselves.” I reject the use of taxes to redistribute income or fund ineffective programs. I will stand up for fellow small business men and women and embolden an entrepreneurial environment in Northern Michigan.
As a Concealed Pistol License (CPL) holder, Life Member of the National Rifle Association, and Director of the Wexford County Women on Target, I understand the importance of protecting ourselves and our families from those who wish to do us harm.
The Second Amendment of our Constitution states this right shall not be infringed and therefore I will do everything in my authority to protect these rights which were handed down by our founding fathers. I am a supporter of Constitutional Carry and all law-abiding citizens should be afforded these rights.
When I became Mayor of the City of Manton, I quickly understood that municipalities are held under the same governmental strongholds as my business, only on a much grander scale. The legislators in Lansing must stay cognizant of the laws they enact that have negative repercussions on municipalities.
As Mayor, I understood the challenges all counties, cities and villages face when dealing with government, especially as Revenue Sharing funding for communities gets smaller and smaller. I will give every effort to streamline bills enacted by state government so that communities can better understand and proceed with less complicated forms and unnecessary regulations. I will continue to fight for more Revenue Sharing funding so municipalities can keep more of their local monies, local in order to pay for basic operating expenditures.
Watching my youngest son graduate from Marine boot camp was the proudest, yet most ambiguous time of my life. I was leaving my son in the care of the USMC at a time when the Obama administration was gutting our military, eliminating benefits and the VA hospitals neglect came to light in the media, I was not confident leaving my son behind – not knowing if his country would take care of him as much as he was volunteering to take care of his country.
We must fight for and respect our men and women in uniform at all times, even when they perish. These selfless men and women should be honored by lowering our flags under all casualty circumstances whether it be terrorist attacks or tragic training exercises – within the US – that take the lives of our heroes. I am an advocate for changing protocols that prohibit immediate lowering of the flags for our veterans who are killed at home and abroad.