JOB CREATION AND LOCAL ECONOMY:
Heavy taxation and red tape stifle job creation opportunities and stagnate local economy growth. Washington business owners are bound by over 200 regulation requirements. My aim is to streamline these requirements and enable growth.
A prime example of this is in forestry in that a healthy forest provides both jobs and a community tax base. It provides a healthy wildlife habitat. When overpopulated, it is subject to disease, insects and fire. When managed as an agricultural commodity, it is harvested and replanted in a sustainable manner. Insects and diseases and fire are more easily controlled. Erosion and drainage are managed by controlled harvest. Harvested trees are replanted. Federal forest mis-management has allowed uncontrolled forest fires in SW Washington.
Another example is in our waters. Bowerman says that when he interviewed fishermen from Cowlitz and north Clark County, he concurred with their assessment that sea lions passing the Astoria Bridge need to be shot and hazed in order to save salmon runs, as well as sturgeon and steelhead. Bowerman says that the endangered salmon protection act proposed in June 2017 that allows tribal and government fish managers to remove up to 100 sea lions per permit is a drop in the bucket that does not go far enough.
“I have a fishing trip scheduled to assess details of the problem and give me first-hand opportunity to work with more Southwest Washington anglers, fishing guides and commercial fishermen,” said Bowerman. At the very least, he says, we know that we must protect remaining intact rivers in order to sustain long-term salmon conservation.
Bowerman added, “Whether in Alaska or Washington, I find salmons’ migrations to be a miracle of nature.” The Wild Salmon Center Pacific salmon fuel a $3 billion industry, supporting tens of thousands of jobs and local economies and communities around the Pacific Rim.” Because of this, Bowerman says, it is important to remember that protecting our fishing industry means jobs in Southwest Washington and even beyond jobs, they are cultural icons of our local communities.
Bowerman says that when he interviewed fishermen from Cowlitz and north Clark County, he concurred with their assessment that sea lions passing the Astoria Bridge need to be shot and hazed in order to save salmon runs, as well as sturgeon and steelhead. Bowerman says that the endangered salmon protection act proposed in June 2017 that allows tribal and government fish managers to remove up to 100 sea lions per permit is a drop in the bucket that does not go far enough.
Because of this, Bowerman says, it is important to remember that protecting our fishing industry means jobs in Southwest Washington and even beyond jobs, they are cultural icons of our local communities.
“As your congressman I will introduce bills to lower business taxes for businesses large and small, and fight against regulations that do nothing but get in the way of business. I believe that federal minimum-wage increases have the unintended consequence of pricing those that they’re intended to help right out of the labor market.” said Bowerman.
A sustainable SW Washington is dependent upon local business, which is the bedrock of our communities. I will help increase awareness of volunteer programs such as Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) that match retired executives with entrepreneurs in small business for consultation and business success.
BUSINESS AND TRADE:
Business success and limited government go hand-in-hand. Business success means jobs. America today remains the economic powerhouse of the world. We are, by a narrow margin, still the most productive country in the world, and the biggest market in the world. I will introduce legislation in Congress for lower business taxes.
I will push for fair trade, not free trade.
I believe that, given a favorable employment market and regulatory atmosphere, our workers can out-compete foreign industry in both value and quality.
INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRANSPORTATION:
Our 3rd Congressional District is heavily dependent on federal highways, rail and marine transportation. This infrastructure needs funding to be properly maintained and expanded to meet growing needs.
I will not, however, accept frivolous transportation bills whose costs are not proportional to the need, like the infamous Gravina Island Bridge to nowhere.
We have a serious congestion issue between Oregon and Washington. The problem needs attended to with solutions, which alleviate congestion – to the satisfaction of the constituents. For further information, see my platform statement on “no Oregon tolls.”
Several constituents have talked about alternatives for infrastructure that expands tunnels to connect Portland to Vancouver or building a bridge western sides (and perhaps even a second eastern bridge) of the I-5 bridge. As your Congressional Representative, I will aggressively serve as liaison with our county and state leadership to the appropriate federal entities.
This project will be a massive undertaking that will involve bi-state involvement with policy makers on both side of the river, multiple budgets and several constituencies to come to an accord on how to proceed.
I will work towards the most optimal outcome for both commuting constituents, the ports and businesses with freight to be moved in order to ensure minimal disruption to trade and movement.