The Issues

MY PLEDGE TO CONSTITUENTS:
I will always fight for you. I will always work to reform government so that businesses can create more jobs, individuals are burdened with fewer taxes, and government spends within its means. And, I will only serve as long as I am effective in achieving these goals.

More Jobs — And a Plan to Make it Happen

Revitalizing the economy and creating more jobs requires a multi-pronged approach:

Lower Taxes

Pennsylvania’s Corporate Net Income (CNI) tax is one of the highest in the country. When businesses are looking to re-locate or expand, this is one of the first factors they consider. High taxes in Pennsylvania discourage the business growth that leads to the creation of jobs. We need to lower this tax rate, and others, to let employers know Pennsylvania is open for business.

Reduce Excessive Regulation

Regulations that go beyond the scope of legislation and create unnecessary burdens on businesses are an added cost and make Pennsylvania less competitive. We need to rein in existing regulations and limit the creation of new regulations going forward.

Limit Egregious Litigation

The costs that come along with egregious litigation impose unnecessary burdens on Pennsylvania businesses, especially small businesses. Limiting this type of litigation will reduce business costs, make Pennsylvania businesses more competitive, and help them create more jobs.

Effective Job Training Programs

The Pennsylvania economy is changing and job training programs need to adapt. These programs should focus on jobs in growing industries that offer family-sustaining wages. The measure of success for these programs needs to be a successful job placement, not just the completion of the program (as has been past practice).

Foster New Industries

Industries that are looking to expand into or grow in Pennsylvania need certainty when it comes to the business climate. They also need a skilled workforce. Pennsylvania needs to make sure it is not impeding the growth of these new industries and that we remain competitive with other states around the country. For instance, natural gas in the Marcellus Shale region represents an incredible opportunity for Pennsylvania, but growth and expansion need to be handled responsibly. This means Pennsylvania must consider both the economic and environmental impacts as we move forward.

 

Better Education

An excellent education is critical to the lifelong success of our children.  Promoting early childhood education, spending wisely on K-12 programs, and upholding our strong tradition of post-secondary excellence are critical to Pennsylvania’s future.  Smart, new education initiatives are also necessary so that all children receive a quality education at every level of schooling.  The long-term benefits of a top-notch education not only help our children succeed, but also strengthen our community by providing job creators with an educated, skilled workforce.

 

Lower Taxes

Across the board, taxes are too high and they are stifling economic growth in Pennsylvania. Property taxes are a real burden on many individuals, especially older Pennsylvanians. All proposals to reduce, reform, and repeal taxes need to be on the table. With major policy shifts such as this, careful consideration must to given to make sure the change is appropriate, the numbers add up, and the funding schools rely on is protected.

In an economic climate where Pennsylvania’s tax collections are already down, out of control government spending needs to be reduced so that lower taxes can be realized going forward.

 

Less Government Spending

Citizens know how to spend their money better than the government. Wasteful and excessive government spending is a reality and a critical look needs to be taken at all existing programs. Reducing this type of government spending does not mean a reduction in services, but means more money staying with citizens who can then spend and invest in the most constructive way possible.

 

Excellent Constituent Service

Bloated, complicated government has created a maze of forms and paperwork for individuals. While working to reduce government, top-notch constituent service must be offered so that people can make government work for them. Responsiveness to constituents and accessibility are priorities that must always be carried out.

 

Proven Results

Having the right beliefs is important, but putting those beliefs into action is where the rubber meets the road. As the Director of Policy at Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor & Industry, Ryan was viewed as an effective and conservative policymaker who had the ability to persuade others with well-researched facts and figures. For instance, Mackenzie served as the policy lead on the 2011 legislation that reformed unemployment compensation.

The unemployment compensation reform legislation that passed last spring was a positive step in the right direction and will ultimately save the state and taxpayers over $120 million annually. Commonsense reforms like this need to be carried out because citizens and businesses are being crushed by taxes. I will always be a strong advocate for limiting the scope of government; reducing wasteful spending; and making government more effective and efficient.”

–Ryan Mackenzie

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