Well, here is something you don’t see every day. Four of the Republican candidates for Lt. Governor in 2013 (including its nominee), wrote an op-ed published in Washington, D.C.’s “The Hill” newspaper in support of of federal tax reform. Former Chairwoman of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors Susan Stimpson, Virginia State Senator Steve Martin, Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart, and 2013 GOP LG nominee Bishop E. W. Jackson joined together to write this piece advocating for reform as a much needed pro-economic growth, pro-business measure.
A key part of their argument includes:
The poor and unemployed need help, but they do not need to be made dependents of government. They need a bustling economy in which jobs and wealth are being created not stifled. Government needs to make it easier for businesses on Main Street to grow and thrive and create the jobs desperately needed by those who can’t find the employment necessary to meet their financial obligations.
But growth cannot happen without substantive tax reform that fixes the budget, restores fiscal sanity and stops punishing job creation and productivity. It is up to Congress to create a pro-business environment because this administration is never going to do it.
Congress must reduce and simplify taxes and give U.S. companies the certainty they need to grow the economy.
Tax reform is something that we hold dear here at Virtucon (coming from the Jack Kemp-Steve Forbes-Paul Ryan wing of the Republican Party) and we are glad that these four leaders have chosen to join together and make their important voices heard on this matter.