Massachusetts employers have a message for the six people running for governor - run the commonwealth like a business, take the politics out of regulation and reduce costs to create economic recovery.
Fifteen employers responded to AIM's inaugural Common Wealth | Uncommon Wisdom survey asking members to suggest to the gubernatorial candidates the single most important step state government might take to help companies create jobs. The ideas ranged from a tax credit for each new employee hired during 2010 to rationalizing pay and benefits for state workers.
Sixty percent of the companies that responded were manufacturers, 13 percent represented education and health services, and another 13 percent were wholesale/retail trade businesses. The majority of participants employ between 10 and 49 people.
The responses carry a common thread of frustration that government does not appear to understand the economic drivers that cause employers to hire people. Inefficient and expensive regulations, the employers say, divert capital that would otherwise be used to create opportunity for citizens of the commonwealth.
"Employers hire people for one reason and one reason only - because we think we can make more money by having the employee than by not. Government needs to recognize and support that reality," one of the employers responded.
AIM will forward the employer comments to the six candidates running for governor in November - incumbent Democrat Deval Patrick, Republicans Charles Baker and Christy Mihos, Independent Timothy Cahill, Democrat Grace Ross and Green/Rainbow Jill Stein. We will publish any responses we receive from the candidates.
"It's critically important for employers to remain engaged in the debate over the future of the Massachusetts economy. We thank the employers who took the time to share their thoughts and ideas," said Richard C. Lord, President and Chief Executive Officer of AIM.
There is still time to add your opinion. The Common Wealth | Uncommon Wisdom survey will remain open for another week. We invite you to take the survey or leave your comments below.