|Santa Clara County, CA||November 3, 1998 General|
Working in Partnership to Create Jobs
By Elaine White AlquistCandidate for Member of the State Assembly; District 22
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The private sector -- not government -- is the engine of job creation in Santa Clara County.In addition to fighting for one of the largest tax cuts in state history, I have worked to help "start-up" and small businesses because I believe that the private sector -- not government -- is the engine of job creation in Santa Clara County. As the co-founder of a small business, I know first-hand the importance of policies that encourage private investment and innovation to create a pro-growth economic climate in California. And I have worked hand-in-hand with local officials on projects that ensure that Silicon Valley remains a world-class economic power.
I have pushed for more high-tech jobs through more business capital. Recognizing that half of all new jobs are created in the small business sector, I strongly backed a bill to empower small and start-up businesses with new capital.
I have also worked to streamline unreasonable regulations. I believe that government and local business should work together to keep California's air clean. I fought for a bill which encourages consistency between local, state and federal clean air standards, thereby reducing the high cost of compliance for Silicon Valley companies.
And I have demanded more accountability in state government's procurement of computer systems. As Chair of the Assembly Information Technology Committee, I led the investigation into the problem-plagued Statewide Automated Child Support Systems or SACSS, the largest and most expensive state-run information technology project in history. I helped save California's taxpayers more than $200 million.
As a member of the Revenue and Taxation Committee, I have stood up for high-tech tax relief. In California, technological innovation has created thousands of jobs and improved the quality of life for working families. To ensure our state continues its investment in high-tech research and development, I co-authored a bill to remove prohibitive tax barriers to private information technology research.
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