Congressm an Steve Pearce
U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce, R-N.M., says he is seeking re-election to his District 2 post. If re-elected, he will serve his fifth Congressional term overall. Pearce is being challenged by longtime Democrat activist Evelyn Madrid Erhard.
Aside from spending cuts, Pearce suggested reforming “the way that we spend tax payers’ dollars,” in an effort to create more jobs. He listed taxes and regulations as two inhibitors of job creation. Pearce called for eliminating punitive requirements that stop individuals from being able to create jobs and growing their businesses. While he isn’t against regulations, Pearce said, “We should try to find the balance to where we can get whatever the objective of the regulation is without killing the jobs.” He cited the listing of the dunes sagebrush lizard as an endangered species, as a punitive regulation to New Mexico’s livelihood. Additionally, regulations surrounding the spotted owl choked off thousands of jobs in New Mexico, he said.
Pearce indicated that taxes in New Mexico and throughout the nation have forced many manufacturing jobs overseas.
“The president himself has suggested that we need to lower the corporate tax rate and get in line with the rest of the world. I think we should go about doing that,” Pearce said.
While he agrees with President Barack Obama on corporate tax rates, Pearce is against ObamaCare, otherwise known as the Affordable Care Act. He offered his own health care suggestions such as the inclusion of more preventive medicines, especially in government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid; lawsuit abuse protection to cure the frivolous filing of suit; and most importantly, he said, restoring the doctor and patient relationship.
Pearce cited a number of economic opportunities in New Mexico that he, and has office, have had a hand in. These opportunities include Spaceport America in Alamogordo, the Santa Teresa fueling station and working with counties statewide to insist that the Forest Service begin logging again, which, Pearce said, would create local jobs. “We’ll continue to work with local businesses to see if they can expand their hiring and make them competitive with firms outside the state,”he said.
Pearce stays in touch with his constituents and issues pertaining to his district through town halls, speeches, question and answer sessions and a weekly radio program. His office has hosted six successful career fairs in the state. At the Roswell fair, between 400-600 jobs were available to attendees. One woman in her fifties, who had been out of work for around five years, approached Pearce to thank him after finding an entry level position at his office’s Las Cruces job fair. The woman was, shortly thereafter, promoted to a managerial position. “Those are the stories we really like to talk about,” Pearce said.
If re-elected, Pearce said, “We’ll be fighting for a balanced budget. We’ll be talking about the need to get our fiscal house in order (so that we can) give the younger generations a chance. If we continue the way we are, we’re going to erode the economic future of our country. I want my kids and grandkids and everyone to have these potentials.”