Jobs and the Economy

We need to make Pennsylvania the best state in America to live, work and do business.

As President of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, Alex Charlton worked hand-in-hand with growing businesses in our region. He saw the opportunity they created — and the challenges they faced. He helped mom-and-pop store owners struggling to stay afloat build the network of customers and advertisers they needed to survive. And he saw what government needed to do to get out of the way of the entrepreneurs that were creating jobs and generating economic growth.

It starts with keeping our tax burden low.

Growing public pension costs threaten to swamp our state and municipal governments and threaten our ability to borrow money for vital improvement projects. Pension costs are expected to rise by nearly a billion dollars in the next four years alone. It’s an issue that is already reaching crisis levels and must be addressed.

By controlling costs, reforming our public pension system and reining in Harrisburg’s addiction to spending, we can keep taxes low. It means more families keep more of their paychecks in their own pockets each month. And it will incentivize businesses in high-tax states like New York and New Jersey to relocate to our region and bring good-paying jobs with them.

As it stands today, our tax code here in Pennsylvania is working against us. We’re competing not just with other states but with countries like China for jobs and investment. But our tax structure is a relic of the 20th century. We need a tax code in Pennsylvania that works for us and makes us more competitive on the global stage.

It also means building a safe, modern transportation infrastructure. Effective infrastructure makes it easier for businesses to get their products to their customers. It leads to fewer delays sitting in traffic, shorter commutes, and fewer accidents that cost lives and money. And it makes our families and kids on our roadways safer.

We’ve made some progress. We’ve lowered the number of structurally deficient bridges in Pennsylvania from more than 6,000 in 2013 to fewer than 3,800 today. But there’s much work still to do. We need to streamline the permitting process for highway and bridge project, make better use of public-private partnerships to save taxpayer dollars and make sure we’re squeezing every penny out of every dollar we spend on road improvement.