Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Cuccinelli tours Precision Steel – hits McAuliffe on Greentech

Ken Cuccinelli talks with Mike Amos, President of Precision Steel

Ken Cuccinelli talks with Mike Amos, President of Precision Steel

Tuesday morning Virginia’s Attorney General and candidate for governor Ken Cuccinelli toured Precision Steel on Siebel Road in Roanoke. The steel products manufacturer started its business in 1983, employs over sixty people and is planning to expand.

Mike Amos, President, told Cuccinelli that he wasn’t sure how the Affordable Healthcare Act was going to affect them. “Neither do they,” said Cuccinelli referring to the Democrats and President Obama. Amos said though they have no plans to cut back hours for any part-time works to avoid providing health care coverage.

Amos did complain about rising healthcare costs and said it takes away from worker’s wages and creates some uncertainty about how it is all going to play out.

Cuccinelli says he hears from employers who say “just tell me how it’s going to work – tell me what the rules are.” The ACA currently says that an employer must furnish healthcare coverage for anyone working 30 hours or more. This has tempted employers to cut 30-hour part-time employees to 29 hours.

Mike Amos, President with brothers Jeff and David explain the plant operations with Ken Cuccinelli

Mike Amos, President with brothers Jeff and David explain the plant operations with Ken Cuccinelli

Cuccinelli expects that change in the part-time 30-hour threshold will happen quickly. “A lot of Senators, in particular in difficult states are up for reelection next year … they all voted for this thing,” including Virginia’s Senator Mark Warner he said. “Now they have to explain to the voters why this is OK,” he said.

Cuccinelli likes the idea of immunizing companies from liability so they can bringing in high school students to experience actual on the job training at companies like Precision Steel. They can work on something that is actually being used in the economy. The work experience could lead students  to a direct path into the workforce he said.

The Obama administration’s energy policies will drive up energy costs for companies like Precision Steel says Cuccinelli. He also told Amos he wants to reduce the income tax and taxes paid by small businesses so they can reinvest.

Cuccinelli took the opportunity to again targeted his opponent, Democrat Terry McAuliffe, accusing him of promising jobs and touting his yet to be successful businesses and not delivering. Both of McAuliffe’s startups, Greentech and Franklin Pellets have yet to show promise.

McAuliffe contends that not every business startup succeeds – successes and failures are all a part of entrepreneurship.

In a response to this criticism McAuliffe’s press secretary Josh Schwerin wrote, “Ken Cuccinelli is lashing out because he doesn’t want to talk about the fact that a federal judge said she was shocked that he would help an out-of-state donor in their lawsuit against Southwest Virginia landowners.”

It was revealed that a senior assistant attorney in Cuccinelli’s office, Sharon Pigeon, who also advises the Virginia Gas and Oil Board advised an attorney representing the oil and gas company against landowners seeking a class action lawsuit for royalties. The royalties were for methane gas beneath their property. Cuccinelli received campaign donations from Consol Energy in the amount of $111,000.

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Business, Election 2013, Elections, Politics, State Politics

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