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with U.S. Sen. Scott Brown
SCOTT BROWN WAS ELECTED TO THE MASSACHUSETTS STATE SENATE in a special election in March 2004 and then
to a full term in November of that same year. In January 2010, Brown won the special election to ﬁ ll out the remaining term of the late U.S. Sen Edward “Ted” Kennedy. During his short time in the U.S. Senate, Brown has represented Massachusetts as an independent and moderate voice. With job creation as his top legislative priority, Brown has a proven record of reaching across the aisle on common sense policies to stimulate the economy and move the country forward.
In this tough economic climate, what are your suggestions for promoting job creation? First, we need tax reform and regulation reform to provide longer-term tax and regulatory certainty to our business community. We need to be competitive globally, and the only way we can do that is if our small businesses, our large businesses, and our start-up entrepreneurs feel conﬁdent about the future. They need to believe that Washington isn’t coming after their wallet and their business more than it already is. Second, I’d look at improving our energy policy. We have great potential to put people to work here in America by becoming more energy independent, but we can’t do it without a true all-of-the-above approach. That means more drilling, approving the Keystone pipeline, more wind power, more solar power, more nuclear power, and improving and streamlining the siting and permitting process.
By some estimates, the federal government has over 14,000 facilities listed as either underutilized or unneeded. How would your bill instituting a civilian Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC) address this excess federal property problem and how could it help the construction industry? The federal government has about 45,000 underutilized and excess properties, the maintenance of which wastes 1.7 billion taxpayer dollars every year. This wasteful practice is characteristic of the poor budgeting and reckless spending in Washington that got us into a debt crisis. It’s been difﬁcult to shrink the federal footprint and sell off the properties because — no surprise here — politics often come into play. To overcome that obstacle, my bill creates a seven-member commission modeled on the military’s BRAC process, and the Ofﬁce of Management and Budget estimates its disposal process would
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - September/October 2012
LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD
Q&A WITH U.S. SEN. SCOTT BROWN
CREATING A CULTURE OF SAFETY
ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGES IN TRANSPORTATION BILL A WIN FOR INDUSTRY
MEMBER AND CHAPTER NEWS
2012 INSURANCE DIRECTORY
INDEX TO ADVERTISERS
Constructor - September/October 2012