Welcome to Steve Knight for Congress
Endorsed by The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association & Rep. Elton Gallegly (ret.)
It is time to take a stand against politics as usual in Washington DC. I am running for Congress to make real, positive change in the way this country operates.
A native of the High Desert and a veteran of the United States Army, this is where I spent 18 years as a Police Officer with LAPD, and where my wife and I continue to raise our family. I know that the members of our community respect the sacrifices made by our soldiers, they want safe neighborhoods, and they demand a quality education for our children. These are the principles I grew up with and the ones I hold today.
As the recipient of a perfect score on the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association scorecard for the last two years, and a staunch supporter of the 2nd Amendment, I will stand up for the rights that we all value. We continue to see our lives, jobs, and rights threatened, this is not something that I am willing compromise.
Join me in my quest to protect the taxpayers, families, and small businesses in our community.
I want to hear your thoughts and ideas for a region we call home.
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||Contact: Steve Knight|
|DATE August 15, 2014||Phone: (661) 400-5207|
Knight Aerospace Measure Gives
Attracting new aerospace companies to California
Antelope Valley, CA –Honoring their commitment to pass a comparable measure that includes all potential bidders of the U.S. Air Force Strategic Aircraft proposal, the Senate voted for Senate Bill 718 (Knight/Roth) that was jointly authored by Senator Steve Knight (R-Antelope Valley).
Knight was also the principal co-author of Assembly Bill 2389 that was signed into law in June. AB 2389, similar to Knight’s SB 998, was the product of intense negotiations to maintain and attract new aerospace jobs for California through effective tax credits. That measure, however, was not all inclusive of potential contractors on the bid, so Senators committed in committee to draft a new bill while legislators were back in their Districts throughout July.
“These extraordinary efforts show that the aerospace industry is important to California, and that we are serious about welcoming their business, job opportunities, and continued innovation. The economic benefits of this project to our state can be measured in thousands of new jobs. Offering our businesses the advantage of reduced costs will help us compete against other states who are determined to take our jobs and brain trust,” said Senator Knight.
Large aerospace companies in California contract with the Department of Defense for long-term projects that can cost billions of dollars. Recently, the United States Air Force released information about the new Advanced Strategic Aircraft Program (ASAP). One of the biggest constraints on this project is the per-unit cost limit that has been set by the Federal Government. Economic development incentives have become a critical factor in creating lower cost environments and are especially important to California due to its high business costs and regulatory constraints.
“California cannot take a wait and see attitude when it comes to highly talented and high paying jobs, such as in the aerospace industry. The number of co-authors joining me on these important measures demonstrates just how important this industry is throughout the state. California continues to lose aerospace contractors and other critical industries to other states willing to offer incentives, and I’m encouraged by this new effort to stem that tide,” stated Senator Knight.
SB 718 will go next to the governor for his consideration.
See video of Senator Knight on the Senate floor here.
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||Contact: Steve Knight|
|DATE August 9, 2014||Phone: (661) 400-5207|
California Chamber of Commerce Awards Steve Knight an A+ Rating
Fighting job killing measures
Antelope Valley, CA –Senator Steve Knight is proud to announce he was awarded an A+ from the California Chamber of Commerce for voting against bills that the business organization deemed “job killer” measures, and he earned a 100% ranking on job creation as well. Senator Knight could never support legislation that will so negatively affect businesses, small and large, no matter how nicely packaged. Here’s the rundown on the bills:
SB 935 seeks to readjust state minimum wage increases, which were increased on July 1 to $9 an hour with another increase to $10 an hour in January 2016 according to current law. SB 935 would reset the increases to $11 in January 2015, $12 in 2016 and $13 in 2017. Senator Knight has grave reservations about this measure as it supersedes a previous bill that already increases the minimum wage and he is concerned it will have a domino effect detrimental to the business community.
SB 1021 would allow school districts to create a “split roll” and charge higher parcel taxes for commercial properties compared to residential properties. Senator Knight couldn’t support this measure at all and neither could the California Chamber of Commerce and the Los Angeles Economic Development Council, who all vigorously opposed the bill along with several Democrats who crossed party lines to defeat it.
SB 1132 would impose a moratorium on oil extraction practices, also known as fracking, a technology that has been proven safe across the country and around the world.
SB 1188 seeks to hold manufacturers liable for not disclosing a known defect, whether or not there is a safety issue. That’s a tough position to put businesses in, and Senator Knight feels it puts an unfair burden on companies.
Lastly, SB 1372 would have increased the corporate tax rate up to 15% according to wages paid to American employees, but 50% increase thereafter if a company reduces its stateside employees. Senator Knight wants to boost manufacturing in the United States and ensure as many of those companies can set up shop in California. Our corporate tax rates are already the highest in the country and Senator Knight couldn’t support what was the most obvious job killer on the table. Thankfully, SB 1372 was defeated in the Senate 19-17.
Senator Knight currently serves the residents of Antelope Valley, Victor Valley, and most of Santa Clarita Valley. As his career advances, he continues to let his core values of family, community, and country guide his decisions for the residents he represents.
Steve lives in the Antelope Valley with his wife Lily and their two sons Christopher and Michael.
To learn more about Steve Knight, visit: www.SteveKnight.org