ROCKLIN, CA – During a press conference at a Rocklin manufacturing facility that produces energy-efficient windows and doors, U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina today called on the federal government to cut taxes and lower regulatory barriers in order to support green job growth.
“I am deeply concerned that many in Washington – including Barbara Boxer – believe we can tax our way to prosperity and to a balanced budget. Companies like JELD-WEN don’t need more regulations, taxes or ineffective jobs programs,” Fiorina said. “What California job creators need is for Washington to pursue an agenda for growth and prosperity that does everything possible to support them through lower taxes, fewer burdensome regulations and more investment in public and private core infrastructure.”
JELD-WEN Windows and Doors is a family-owned business that grew from a small 15-employee millwork plant in 1960 to a worldwide window and door manufacturing company that today employs 20,000 people. The company has been the source of well-paying green jobs for years and has been an Energy Star Partner for nearly two decades. The economic stimulus program was supposed to help create more of these kinds of jobs through tax credits. But JELD-WEN and its customers have found the credits inefficient and, in some cases, unworkable. This, in turn, has inhibited the job creation promised by the stimulus package’s champions.
“California can and should lead the nation in green job growth. But we will only be successful at growing our state’s green economy when our representatives in Washington commit to policies that support green job creators,” continued Fiorina. “As a U.S. Senator, my priorities will be to reduce tax and regulatory barriers while also getting credit flowing to businesses. That way, we can again compete for – and win – green jobs for Californians.”
Fiorina has consistently urged for policy changes at the federal level to encourage economic growth and help American businesses compete in the global economy:
- Lowering the tax burden for both businesses and individuals and simplifying the tax code.
- Encouraging innovation through tax credits for research and development and through the protection of intellectual property laws in the U.S. and abroad.
- Opening up new trade markets and ensuring all participating countries live up to their end of the bargain under any trade agreements.
- Easing the regulatory burden.
- Reducing costly and frivolous lawsuits by leveling the litigation playing field and restraining excessive awards of punitive damages and eliminate abusive class actions.
- Opening up capital markets to individuals and small businesses.
- Investing in improving education from pre-school through higher education through increased accountability and a focus on preparing our students for the workforce.