Democratic candidate for the House of Delegates in the 15th district John Lesinski says his plan would bring more than 1,500 jobs to the region. He says it gives new or existing businesses that employ 100 or more people a one-year income tax holiday.
Lesinski says, "We've come up with this income tax holiday idea. It's just another arrow in the quiver if you will, to attract business into the 15th district and into the entire Commonwealth."
The creation of this idea centers around all of the vacant space in the area.
Lesinkski says, "We have upwards of 1.5 million square feet of vacant or under utilized industrial and manufacturing space currently exists in the 15th district, most specifically in Page and Shenandoah County."
However, opponent and incumbent Del. Todd Gilbert calls the plan a gimmick.
Gilbert says, "This is the same guy that just a few weeks ago was wanting to put a brand new tax on business to pay for a brand new expansion of unemployment benefits and that would have been a huge burden on local businesses and directly affected their ability to put people back to work. I think he needs to decided whether he is pro business or not and really stick with it."
Gilbrert wants to focus on bringing tourism to the Valley and helping out small business owners.
He says, "Tourists do such a great job with helping out our economy. They come, they visit, they leave their money. We don't have to put their kids into school and take care of them."
To qualify for the income tax holiday program, a business would have to create jobs in areas where unemployment is greater than eight percent.
So, only Page and Shenandoah Counties would apply in the 15th district. Page County has 11 percent unemployment, while Shenandoah currently has nine percent.