Phoenix – Former Congressman and Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Salmon on Wednesday participated in a policy panel and lunch hosted by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO).
Salmon spoke about his ambitious plans to grow Arizona’s economy, including by eliminating the state income tax and slashing regulations that make it hard for entrepreneurs and small businesses to enter the marketplace. He also discussed how he’ll expand economic opportunities in rural Arizona by refining the Arizona Commerce Authority’s investment strategy.
You can read relevant excerpts from the forum below:
Matt Salmon On Eliminating Arizona’s Income Tax:
“Our tax situation can be better. I’ve called for getting rid of our income tax in this state. We’re at a flat 2.5 [percent]. If we get rid of our income tax, we’ll be on-par with Florida and Texas. We’ll stop being a flyover state, and we will be a destination state for the best businesses in the country.”
Matt Salmon On Slashing Burdensome Regulations:
“The challenges have always been barriers to entry. We’ve got to make sure that … anybody can live the American Dream, that it’s easy to be able to get into business and to be able to provide a living for your family. Governor Ducey did a lot of reciprocity with occupational licenses from other states. I think that was a great idea. I think we ought to continue in that vein.”
Matt Salmon On Expanding Economic Opportunities In Rural Arizona:
“A top priority for rural Arizona is to make sure that they have access as quickly as possible to the highest speed Internet that they can possibly get, and I intend to do everything I can to make that happen. They’re also really, really frustrated that the Arizona Commerce Authority doesn’t really focus on rural Arizona much. They focus mostly on Maricopa County and a little bit on Pima County … and we’ve got to do a lot better job using the [Arizona Commerce Authority] to bring jobs there.”