Our state is facing an economic crisis worse than the Great Recession of 2008, maybe even more devastating than the Boeing Bust of the early 1970s.
State government must take an all hands on deck approach to help the many businesses that are struggling or on the verge of collapse. If they go under, job losses will be even greater and the recovery of jobs and the economy will be much more difficult.
Protecting small businesses—which employ 50 percent of our state’s workers—will be key. Politicians need to understand that small business owners, agricultural growers and processors, the self-employed, and gig workers all need help — now.
Governor Dan Evans tells us from experience that the state was focused on helping small businesses and startups after the Boeing Bust, and Rob McKenna convened a regulatory reform task force in the AG’s office during the 2008-09 Great Recession.
As your next Attorney General, Mike Vaska will:
- Convene a “Create Jobs Now” task force to streamline permitting and reduce regulatory burdens, especially for small employers, the self-employed, and independent workers.
- Work to provide more certainty and reduce the fear of liability lawsuits for front-line health providers and businesses, better defining their responsibilities to avoid claims during the pandemic and recovery.
- Help small businesses, local government and the state protect themselves against the onslaught of cybercrime, a need which was so urgently demonstrated by the massive defrauding of the state’s Employment Security Department.
Mike is the only candidate for Attorney General with decades of legal experience. During his decades of service as a community and a business leader, he has brought people together to solve tough challenges like those we are facing today.
Mike has helped build “big tent” coalitions—on issues like state and regional transportation, health care access, and community news media —which moved our communities forward.
Mike most recently served three years as chair of one of the most successful political organizations in our state, leading the recruitment and election of leaders who believe in working across partisan divides and taking common-sense approaches to our challenges.
Mike has the deep experience we need at this time to help lead the Evergreen State and its people out of our health and economic crisis.