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8:33 PM Wed, Sept. 19th

Candidates talk about boosting rural economy

Noel Campbell, Sean Englund, Karen Fann and Linda Gray

Noel Campbell, Sean Englund, Karen Fann and Linda Gray

Q: What can you do in the Legislature to help our rural economy?

Campbell: We need to look at regulations and taxes. I support lowering corporate taxes, repealing or lowering personal income taxes, and broadening the sales taxes. I'd be a strong voice for tourism.

Englund: I would find out what's important to constituents and champion their causes. Valley industry leaders need to hear about how Prescott is more than a wonderful place to visit or retire in. It has great students, lifestyle and rent. A good transportation system and plentiful technical education opportunities are important for business, too.

Fann: I'm a business owner who understands small business, economic development and job creation. I want to be the House majority whip to help push rural equality and make sure the rural voices are heard in the Legislature.

Gray: Chambers say fewer regulations help business, and the rising costs of health insurance and Obamacare hurt business. New businesses should be able to get all their paperwork filled out in one city instead of being required to do it in each city where they do business. I would have supported the governor's Medicaid expansion plan, however.

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