Rep. Patrick Murphy pitches tax, regulatory relief to business groupsby George Bennett | February 24th, 2014
PALM BEACH GARDENS — Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, pitched tax breaks, regulatory relief and other measures to stimulate job growth during a morning meeting with business leaders from Palm Beach and Martin counties.
“Today is all about working together,” Murphy told more than 100 people at an event organized by the Economic Council of Palm Beach County and the Economic Council of Martin County at Gardens Mall.
A Democrat who narrowly won in a Republican-leaning district that includes northern Palm Beach County and all of Martin and St. Lucie counties, Murphy sounded several GOP-friendly themes during his remarks.
“I know there are many concerns with our government being too big, and I agree,” Murphy said. “Government doesn’t create jobs, but government does have a responsibility to create an environment that is conducive to job growth.”
Murphy also commended U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Okeechobee, for his work to combat citrus greening. Rooney’s brother, state Rep. Pat Rooney Jr., R-West Palm Beach, was in the audience.
Murphy’s office distributed a 60-page “Plan For Jobs” highlighting Murphy’s past positions and some new initiatives.
Murphy’s plan includes a call for speeding up tax write-offs businesses take for depreciation on capital investments and shielding smaller community banks from “burdensome regulations designed for large banks.” He also mentioned corporate income tax rates and has voiced support for lowering them in exchange for closing business tax loopholes.
Murphy also called for expanding federal programs to help veterans get job training, incentives for businesses to hire veterans and Small Business Administration loans to veteran-owned businesses.
Murphy didn’t mention the Affordable Care Act, which many businesses have criticized.
Murphy has opposed repealing the health care law, but voted last year to delay implementation of its individual and business insurance mandates.
“My focus is legislation that will improve the Affordable Care Act,” Murphy said in an interview after the event. “It’s not going to be repealed. It’s there, so let’s focus on getting it right.”