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 success in business can only be achieved through free market solutions; free from excessive regulations, taxes and bureaucratic red tape.
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 fund ineffective programs and grow government. I will stand up for fellow small businessmen 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 Chair of the Second Amendment Caucus in the House of Representatives, 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 shrinks. I will make every effort to streamline bills enacted by state government so that communities can better understand and proceed with less complicated forms and unnecessary regulations.
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, all while the neglect taking place at VA hospitals 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.
These selfless heroes should always be honored. We must fight for and respect our men and women in uniform at all times, and when necessary – their families.