Killion Earns Support of Job Creators, Small Business Community

CHADDS FORD, PA – Freshman State Senator Tom Killion (R-9) has earned the support of local and statewide small business organizations that support a strong regional economy and policies that will help boost employment opportunities for local residents.  Organizations endorsing Killion include the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry, SEPAC (the political arm of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce), the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, and the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB).

Killion has a strong record of championing economic development and job creation initiatives in Southeastern Pennsylvania.  He was instrumental in helping to save thousands of jobs at two oil refineries in Trainer and Marcus Hook.  Killion helped persuade SAP America to locate its corporate national headquarters in Newtown Square.  More recently, he worked with leadership of Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania (CHOP) to persuade the nationally recognized institution to locate a facility in Concord Township. 

“I support small businesses and job creators in our region that create new employment opportunities for working families,” said Senator Tom Killion.  “Sound tax and economic policies will enable local businesses to grow and thrive, which creates new jobs in our communities.  We need to work in a bipartisan manner to get our economy back on track and people back to work.”   

As a small business owner himself, Killion knows the challenges owners and operators of small business face in the form of high taxes and unnecessary regulations.  As a member of the legislature, Killion has opposed liberal efforts to increase the personal income tax by 20 percent, which would have resulted in less take home pay for working men and women.  Killion also opposed efforts to hike the sales tax by 10 percent while expanding it dozens of new products and services, including daycare service, senior assisted living care, diapers, college textbooks, cable television, and even American flags.

In contrast, Killion’s opponent Marty Molloy said he “supported and is inspired by” these tax hike proposals.[i] 

“Marty Molloy’s support for increasing the personal income tax by 20 percent while making daycare more expensive will result in less take home pay and increased child care costs for working mothers and their families,” said Pete Peterson, spokesperson for the Killion campaign.  “It is going to force many working women out of the workforce and cause huge disruptions for small business owners.  It is hard to understand why Molloy would support an agenda that is so clearly anti-working women.”

Peterson also noted that Molloy’s support of a 10 percent sale tax hike and expansion would be incredibly disruptive to small businesses in Southeastern Pennsylvania, where many residents are just a 20 minute drive away from shopping in the State of Delaware, which has no sales tax.

“Molloy’s sales tax hikes will drive more consumers across the state border into Delaware, resulting in sales and income losses for small businesses which in turn will be forced to lay off employees,” said Peterson.  “Put simply, Marty Molloy’s tax agenda will put small employers out of business and cost countless local residents their jobs.  Our region deserves better than Molloy’s failed fiscal policies.”

About Tom Killion

Tom Killion is the founder and owner of a small business and he has represented the residents of the 168th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives since 2003.  Killion is committed to keeping taxes low, fighting for fiscal responsibility in state government, finding innovative funding solutions to preserve open space, and improving our state’s healthcare.  He has actively supported medical malpractice reform, property tax reform, efforts to privatize the state’s liquor system, and pension reform.

Tom has been involved in a wide range of non-profit organizations and community groups with the goal of helping to improve our communities and provide support to local residents.  He and his wife Eileen live in Middletown and have two adult daughters. Tom is a graduate of Penn State University and Cardinal O’Hara High School.  For more information, visit www.killionforsenate.com or follow his campaign on Twitter and Facebook.