Mia Love Takes a Stand

Date: November 14, 2014

Congressional candidate Mia Love of Utah makes a ‘moral case’ for business ownership.

In 2012, Mia Love came within 768
votes—out of about 250,000 cast—of
winning her race for U.S. Congress in
Utah’s 4th Congressional District. This
time around, the Republican former
mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, believes
that small business voters pushed her
over the top.

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As mayor of one of Utah’s fastest growing cities, Love worked with business owners to successfully navigate the town’s drastic transition from agricultural fields to a booming residential community and to structure growth so that taxes didn’t become onerous even through a decade of 1,700-percent population growth. Her
strategy included cutting business fees and curtailing needless
regulations.

“I’m telling small business owners that the approach I’m going to take in Congress is that I don’t believe we can
change public policy by dealing in boardrooms and back
rooms in Washington,” says the 38-year-old Love, who also
is a wife and mother of three. “We need to take our case to
the American people. And if we can get in front of them and
start talking with them about free markets and how they
have lifted people out of poverty, and make the moral case
for business, we can change things.”

Making Her Case

The “moral case” for business ownership is important to Love
in part because her own father at times took on two and even three jobs, including cleaning toilets,
to help her family get by and pay for
school when she was growing up in
Connecticut. “It was the people who
owned businesses who allowed my
father to make ends meet in this way
without having to be dependent on
government,” Love says.

Love believes that many lawmakers
in Washington, D.C., take little heed
of the needs of business owners, moral
or otherwise. They’re choking business with overregulation. In Utah, for
example, the federal government has
an iron grip on about 64 percent of
the state’s land area and makes it difficult for entrepreneurs to access it in a responsible way. 

Such actions are at the core of business owners’ concerns about “overregulation, overtaxation—and Obamacare, which
encompasses both of them,” she says. “We need to replace
Obamacare and put something else in place of it.”

Leading the Charge

After the election, Love plans to fight for a reduction in U.S. corporate tax rates, notwithstanding Democrats’ recent
concerns about so-called tax inversion mergers in which
companies have been motivated by much lower corporate-tax
rates abroad to acquire companies in other countries so they
can change the domicile of the combined entity. Opponents
want to see such moves stopped. “The answer is to lower tax
rates,” Love says. “The government always thinks it’s just
another tax hike away from prosperity.”

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