I am a retired Business person that, since I stopped operating my business I am much more voiceful with my concerns of the way the State goes about regulating business because I have nothing to lose at this point. I think there are probably many small business owners that get very frustrated with the legislature and their actions but are afraid to say anything, fearing concerns of interventions by regulators making their lives and business operations more difficult than they need to be. Not mentioning any names here, but one incumbent candidate threatened a business owner their permitting process could be difficult if they kept an opposing candidates sign up during this primary.
Unlike the big corporations most all of the small businesses just don't have the ability to effectively lobby the legislature while big corporate lobbyists massage new rules to better benefit the big corporate needs. Studies have been done on small business and regulation costing 3 to 4 times as much as the cost is to large corporations and adds barriers to the threshold when starting a business. It should be an unwritten commitment by every candidate to consider the local guys when dealing with business regulation.
Boeing an obvious important corporation in our state and country was the benefactor of a special deal enhancing their situation here to keep them here. I don't disagree that it was important to keep them here, but what is good for Boeing to remain in business in Washington should be an example of our over burdening regulatory environment for business in general. To foster a healthy entrepreneurial environment here is so very important for jobs, and opportunity for our young job seekers while improving local ownership and economic development. It's pretty simple do we want to compete in a competitive world?
We are fortunate to have a young candidate in Travis Couture running for State Senate that understands the difficulties I'm talking about here with his business background. Travis came from a humble situation as a young teen in split household taking his little brother with him for a time and made it work for them on their own. Travis is abreast of the dealings of the Legislature good and bad to prepare himself for the task at hand and watch out for "us" not beholding to some big corporate concern. Some say, Travis is too radical with his ideas, but I say Travis understands where we went wrong and has some great ideas to put us on a better path in the future.
Travis is big on individual and property rights like overreach by the NSA and reduce private property regulations. He recognizes the bloated administrative cost to education reaping most of the funds while the classrooms and students are second in this upside down situation and has plans to promote options to correct it. The proper education system pays big dividends in the long run which will be its own magnet when it comes to business and jobs. One only needs to look at Germany or perhaps China as examples of education as they did with the USA long ago when our system was best, and made it better for them, while our world high school ranking has slipped to a tragic 29th place. We need some new ideas, we need Travis Couture as our State Senator.
Jerry Goodwin, Union
July 30, 2014