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Currently, the unemployment rate in the 10th Congressional District is nearly 11 percent – a level that is higher than both the state and national rates. We must focus on the viability of small businesses in the Central Valley through pro-growth policies that reduce the burdens placed on small businesses by the federal government. This means lowering taxes for small businesses, decreasing intrusive federal regulation that stymies innovation and limiting government spending that distorts the marketplace.

Ultimately, as long as entrepreneurs remain skeptical about the future business and regulatory environments, job creation will remain low and unemployment high. The National Federation of Independent Business asked small business owners about the single most important problem they face. Together, taxes and government regulation were the most often cited impediments to business growth. As a small business owner myself, I wholeheartedly agree. I will continue to fight in Congress to reduce regulatory barriers to success, keep your taxes low and lay the groundwork for economic recovery.
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