Small Businesses

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As a civil rights attorney and entrepreneur, I know that small business owners are concerned about fair policies that help their businesses. More than that, we’re also deeply invested in the health and wellbeing of our families and the families of our employees.

My work ethic was formed by watching my parents grow and sustain a small business for three decades in this community. Issues like workplace equality, affordable health care, environmentally sound practices, and sensible taxes are vitally important to me. That’s why I helped get paid family medical leave passed during the last legislative session: as an employer, the ability to provide competitive benefits to my employees can’t be overstated. Without the passage of paid family leave, small businesses like mine wouldn’t be able to afford to compete for Oregon workers.

The growing needs of independent businesses are also why I continue working with Sen. Ron Wyden to implement greater fairness for small business tax rates. Unscrupulous larger companies have a competitive advantage with their capacity to defer taxes and build wealth in ways that are inaccessible to most of us. When the tax code favors big businesses and corporations, small businesses like ours pay two-fold: we pay more in taxes and we don't have the capital to compete fairly. Creating fairness in the tax code will bring in revenue to help our communities thrive. I will do everything I can to make sure everyone plays by the rules.