These are intrinsically tied together, and many in Washington, including Sen. Risch, don’t seem to realize that. They have been trying to solve one problem without considering the others; like making a one-legged stool. Also tied to our success in these areas are Education and Taxes. Our Economy is like an engine, and like any other engine, it has a lot of moving parts – All of which are necessary for any engine to run smoothly.

We need to create affordable jobs using targeted infrastructure, affordable access to education, job training, and tax relief plans that both stimulate and grow the economy, creating more & better paying jobs that allow you to be self-sufficient. Use education, specialized or vocational job training, and ’employment based’ tax incentives that encourage business to hire and retain employees.

I have developed a ‘geo-fiscal living wage’ calculation, which considers the regional cost of living, affording people a living wage based upon the economy and COLA of the area in which they live. This basically means that the impractical ‘flat $15 per hour regardless of where you live’ proposal doesn’t consider ‘real life’ scenarios, and especially regional cost of living variables. The $15 per hour proposal may be too much for some areas, causing unemployment and even putting some businesses out-of-business, whereas in some of the larger cities – $15 per hour is still not a living wage!

My plan has a phased implementation to ensure there are no layoffs or business failures caused by the fiscal impact of a living wage, eliminating the negative effect on small to mid-sized employers and ensuring sustainable employment. Everyone wants to be self-sufficient, so we must remove the barriers to their success and provide more opportunity for people to help themselves.