The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Election 2012

November 4, 2012

Brooks, Holley tout qualifications ahead of Tuesday's election



“We need to improve roads and infrastructure,” Holley said, naming U.S. 72, Alabama 20 and Old Madison Pike. “Alabama is growing at a fast pace, which is good. But it is not good when roads and the infrastructure are not in shape to handle it. I would do my best to bring more federal dollars here to fund such projects.”

Other top priorities are investing more in small businesses by offering tax breaks and giving them help to pay medical expenses for workers now that they have to provide the service by 2014.

He said the federal government will already help businesses with 25 or fewer employees by 35 percent of the cost, but he wants to obtain tax breaks to help those with 26 or more employees.

Holley, an admitted technology buff, said technology is another of his top priorities.

“We need to help businesses with the cost of computers, software, networks,” he said.

More money for education and more federal funding for Pell grants for families squeezed by the economy are other priorities. He would also like to find a way to create a reliable system of storm shelters throughout the state in order to save lives.

He would pay for the initiatives by closing tax loopholes for those who pay little tax and by letting the Bush-era tax cuts expire for those making $250,000 a year or more.

“This would generate $1 trillion to invest in business, education and infrastructure,” he said.

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