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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Virginia needs businesses, pro-business policies

- - Monday, September 23, 2013

If you're like me, you'll agree that traffic and high taxes are bad for business. I want to work closer to home, and in order to do that, Virginia needs to get businesses to move here or start here. As we have seen with the current Democratic administration for nearly six years, raising taxes and imposing national health care does not stimulate our national economy or encourage people to start businesses in, or move them to, Virginia. Having lower taxes does this.

If you like having more family time, better schools, working near where you live and having less traffic, all while being good stewards of the environment, you need businesses to start or move to the suburbs or rural areas.

Democrat Mary Costello Daniel, a lawyer who is running for a seat in Virginia's 33rd District, claims to be a "moderate" Democrat. She is running in a heavily Republican district, but does not seem to have any plans to encourage businesses to come here, nor does she seem to have plans for much else besides growing the government and associating with environmental activists, unions and others that will deter businesses from coming here. Need proof of how high taxes scare away businesses? Just look at the number of businesses running out of Maryland, California and Illinois to states like Texas that tout pro-growth and low-tax policies.

Virginia cannot afford any more taxes. After 33rd District seat contender Dave LaRock exposed Virginia Delegate Joe May's consistent voting record to increase taxes, the people of the 33rd District ran from Mr. May. We must get the facts on Mr. LaRock. He and his family settled in Loudoun County 26 years ago. He is a successful businessman who will make wise spending decisions for our commonwealth. He believes in job creation by getting government out of the way and letting businesses flourish. He will listen to Virginians, not the bureaucrats trying to protect their jobs. He doesn't want the job for the money; he wants it to protect his children and their children's children.

DAVID SIECKER

Purcellville, Va.