On the subject of Southwest Virginia's economy:
Carrico, Garner face off in 5th House District raceInfrastructure. Cutting taxes. Reducing restrictions on area businesses. Kiss me.
By Brian Funk, Galax Gazette
[Bill] Carrico said the economy is making progress, but more needs to be done. He detailed a four-point plan for the General Assembly to continue that momentum.
First, infrastructure needs to be improved to attract business.
Second, the state needs to aggressively recruit new business. “We need industries that can support all educational levels and provide benefits to their employees.”
Third, encourage small business. “We need to cut taxes and lessen restrictions on small business.”
Fourth, protect and expand existing business. Part of this involves the state legislature working for farmers in Southwest Virginia, Carrico said. (link)
And his opponent - Susie Dixon Garner?
Looks like she intends to promote Rick Boucher's failed game plan. The plan he's been throwing against the wall in hopes that it would stick - for a quarter century now and counting:
To improve the economy of Southwest Virginia, Garner said the state must “make sure that we are utilizing the resources that are already available at the state and federal level, such as the Governor’s Opportunity Fund, the Center for Innovative Technology, the Virginia Tobacco Commission, infrastructure grants and loans.”Setting aside that blurb about telecommuting, which has absolutely no relevance to her candidacy and is of microscopic importance by anyone's standard of measure, her solutions to our growing economic problems revolve around government assistance. Assistance paid for with those corporate tax dollars that are part of a system that is so punitive that it's driving Southwest Virginia businesses into the open arms of the Chinese. In droves. Corporate taxes that Bill Carrico is wanting to slash.
She suggested that businesses in the region could investigate the use of “telecommuting” — working from a distant location via the Internet — such as the recent expansion of the Virginia Department of Taxation’s service representatives to Danville.
Garner said the region already has economic development tools in place, such as Rep. Rick Boucher’s “Showcasing Southwest Virginia” program to attract potential businesses.
In short, she wants to do more of the same thing that hasn't worked in the decades it's been tried.
I think the choice is clear. A man with a plan or a few more years of dead-horse beating.
Here's to you, Bill. Make it happen.