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Kelly Maloney is good for local businesses | Letters

I have been in business in Federal Way since 1981, and have seen a long list of political candidates come and go. This city tries to be friendly to business. However, there are important business issues that we face that are making progress in surrounding communities and could spread to Federal Way.

One such issue is a B&O (business and operations) tax that is being promoted by some in Federal Way. Another is the ballot issue in the City of Seatac to raise the minimum wage on some but not all jobs. What about the mayor of Seattle keeping businesses from entering the city by playing politics with alleys?

City Councilmember Kelly Maloney will not always do what I wish a politician would do when these issues come to Federal Way, but I trust her to be fair and look at all sides of the issue before making a decision.

Many of our local politicians jump on the bandwagon on issues that have the words “green” or “transit” in them, but their policies just cost us more and don’t solve the issues intended.

Kelly Maloney is looking at a specific proposal to bring actual jobs to our city, such as her education initiative. She knows that government does not create jobs. Strong businesses in Federal Way will expand and add the jobs we need locally. If the government weakens businesses through higher taxes or bad policies, businesses leave the community. I could list dozens of cases where this has happened.

All we can do is look at each candidate carefully and measure their experience, ideas and actions against what we know Federal Way needs to grow and be successful. Kelly Maloney has the experience, ideas and, as a current city councilmember, the actions I know will be of great value to all of us who care about this community.

Byron Hiller, Federal Way


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