Howes: Martinez Lacks the Experience to Understand Job Growth
Says that, if elected to represent the Third Middlesex District in the State Senate, he will offer a business-friendly approach to job creation based on 20 years of experience in the field.
In a recent press release, Greg Howes, a Concord Republican seeking the Third Middlesex State Senate seat long held by Susan Fargo, D-Lincoln, contrasted his private sector experience with that of Sandi Martinez, a Chelmsford Republican and his opponent in the Republican Primary.
Howes charges that Martinez, a recurring GOP candidate in the Third Middlesex District, lacks workplace experience to understand job growth, and suggests his combination of public and private experience "contrasts sharply with the incredible lack of credible business experience in Martinez.”
“She doesn’t know the pains of having to pay the highest rates in the nation for unemployment insurance because she has never had to pay employees,” said Howes, who owns and insurance company and just left Concord's Board of Selectmen after two terms. “Sandi says her ‘idea for growing jobs’ is not her ‘jobs plan’. Shouldn’t these be one in the same?”
Here's the full text of the press release:
On a daily basis, Greg Howes helps Massachusetts business owners navigate the Independent Contractor Law’s impact on workers compensation insurance and is intimately familiar with the positive and negative effects of the legislation.
Howes stated, “The Independent Contractor Law does not prevent anyone from starting a business. The problem with the law lies in the definition section of the law.”
Massachusetts’ “Three-Part Test” is more rigid than the Federal definition of an independent contractor and businesses would benefit from amending the test by simply replacing the word “and” with “or”. The change would bring Massachusetts into alignment with the IRS test for determining contractor status.
Mr. Howes agrees with Mr. Hruby that we do not need another “ill informed Senator”, stating, “I offer the day to day, pragmatic experience in business and local government, which contrasts sharply with the incredible lack of credible business experience in Martinez.”
“She doesn’t know the pains of having to pay the highest rates in the nation for unemployment insurance because she has never had to pay employees,” Howes noted.
Up until recently, Martinez has actually listed herself as unemployed on OCPF filings.
“Sandi says her ‘idea for growing jobs’ is not her ‘jobs plan’. Shouldn’t these be one in the same?”
Howes’ jobs plan includes reducing the high rates that Massachusetts business owners pay for Unemployment Insurance and reducing our corporate tax burden. Mr. Howes would also replace the currently inadequate "small business impact test" and require a true test of the impact of legislation on our small businesses as called for by the Republican leaders of our state legislature."
“My plan is in line with every Republican in the state and comes from true experience. It is about getting people back to work. I will fight everyday as a State Senator for my fellow small business owners in this district.”