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Lingle supports bipartisan Startup Act 2.0

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Linda Lingle, candidate for Hawaii’s open U.S. Senate seat, voiced her support for the bipartisan legislation termed “Startup Act 2.0.”

Startup Act 2.0, which was written by and introduced by Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.), would create new types of visas, one allowing foreign students who obtained graduate degrees in math, science and other related fields to stay in the United States, and another for immigrant entrepreneurs who grow jobs and create companies here.

It also eliminates limits on how many work-based visas the United States offers to citizens of a certain country.

“Long-term economic growth demands that we continue to grow our innovation-based economy, create an environment that is conducive to new business activities and attract and retain the best and brightest from other countries,” Lingle said.

“Many foreign-born students are educated in American universities and then return to their home country to invent new products and start new cutting edge companies that compete with American businesses. That is simply not in America’s best interest. We should be encouraging these innovators to stay in America so their talent and ideas can fuel economic growth and create jobs right here at home. I am pleased to see legislation in the U.S. Senate that will help achieve these goals, and I am excited to pledge my support for the bipartisan effort,” she said.

In 2005 alone, immigrant-founded technology companies generated $52 billion in revenue and employed 450,000 workers. Today however, no more than 7 percent of the visas each year can be allocated to immigrants from any one country.

Immigrants from large countries such as India and China have the same number of visas available as those from much smaller countries such as Iceland and Costa Rica.

In addition to the immigration proposals, the Senators’ proposal would also permanently exempt some small-business stock, owned for at least five years, from capital gains taxes; create a new, targeted research and development incentive for new start-up companies; encourage the commercialization of research started at universities; and require government agencies to undertake a cost-benefit analysis on major research funding proposals.

“As it relates to the STEM education portion of the Act, I am pleased the Senate recognizes the importance of this scholastic focus as this has been an initiative of mine since 2006,” Lingle said. “Specifically, robotics education has grown from 95 teams to over 450 teams in six different programs. Like this legislation, Hawaii’s success was born through a coordinated effort of the public and private sectors.

“If elected as Hawaii’s next U.S. Senator, I will put Hawaii’s ‘people first’ by joining in the bipartisan effort to build a climate that encourages economic growth, entrepreneurs – both American and foreign-born – must be free to pursue their ideas, form companies in the United States, and hire employees. Startup 2.0 will create jobs for Americans by creating a opportunities for entrepreneurs to succeed,” she said.

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2 Responses to “Lingle supports bipartisan Startup Act 2.0”

  1. Dave Francis says:

    Convey the top of the cream with the highest credentials and qualifications, but not annual millions of poorly skilled as so called skilled contenders for jobs covertly? Senator Marco Rubio and bypartisan Senators have drafted a bill to bring more STEM workers (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) workers to the U.S. What the politicians and pressure groups have failed to inform, is that there are qualified, U.S. workers out there to fill these jobs. Within the United States Colleges and Universities are graduating many young people in the past week with degrees and no employment offers in sight. It’s time American voters turned up the heat on politicians, specifically where job visas are concerned. When thousands are seeking work, shouldn’t American labor be a priority? It certainly will be given heightened attention under the growing numbers of TEA PARTY leadership, which are taking the reins of power in the Senate and House.

    California is sinking fast under the mushrooming impact of illegal immigration, as more these people pour into this state. How can other states that are hurting badly as Michigan, even believe this brainless argument from Mike Bloomberg Mayor of New York is suggesting import more immigrants, whilst the whole country is overrun with cheap labor, with the majority is soaking the welfare programs? In Michigan uncompensated costs for Illegal Aliens (2009) reported by The Federation of American Immigration Reform (FAIR) identifies at least $928,677,050. This should be a genuine concern throughout every state, excluding states controlled by Democrats with Liberal backing. In the opposite measure thousands of property owners are leaving the Golden State, now tarnished by a gross overload of foreign invaders. Many states are unable to comply with the strain of court ordered unfunded mandates, when taxpayers are hardly able to feed their offspring,

    The Federal government enforce court order unfunded mandates that they take out of your taxes for people who are illegal, but do not reimburse any of the 50 states?

    Arizona was one of the states that have drawn the line in the sand, when all they want to do is protect the legal population. But are forced by law to educate, treat illegal alien families for the common cold to dialysis for free. Do we personally have to feed, house and medicate every person who knocks on America’s door, when we can hardly feed our own? In Sacramento, California has been indulging these people with welfare programs, in the midst of Obama’s government giving out food stamps? The Sanctuary state is under a terrible strain. In just Los Angeles Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich website published that illegal immigration costs were $550 million for public safety and nearly $500 million for healthcare, a total cost to County taxpayers that exceeds $1.6 billion dollars a year and that doesn’t include the billions more in education for their children.

    GO TO FAIR WEBSITE TO LEARN HOW MUCH MONEY FROM THE PUBLIC COFFERS IN YOUR STATE IS SPENT ON “FOOTHOLD” BABIES AND THEIR PARENTS? IT’S THE DOLLAR FIGURE THE DEMOCRATS DON’T WANT YOU TO BE AWARE OF?

    These billions are being spent to subsidize the lives of families who sneak their children into America, as these people are aware that the majority Democratic states will support them. Governor Jerry Brown, a ‘Tax and Spend’ liberal is once again pleading for more tax revenue, to pay for everything including the largest population of illegal aliens in the country. California should put an end to the states incessant need for more money to balance their $16 Billion dollar deficit. California the embodiment of Sanctuary States is withering under the constant bombardment of foreigners with their palms outstretched and with so much on the line for people; they have nothing really to lose by fraudulently voting in the upcoming elections. Democrats don’t care and even stealthily approving of this illegal act.

    ILLEGAL ALIENS, NON-CITIZENS, FELONS AND A MIXTURE OF ILLEGAL VOTERS ARE VOTING IN OUR ELECTIONS. THIS IS WHY OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DOESN’T WANT TO CHANGE THE CURRENT ELECTORAL LAWS? IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT EVERY STATE IMPLEMENTS NEW RULES, THAT EVERY PERSON HEADING TO THE VOTING STATION POSSESS A GOVERNMENTAL PICTURE ID.

    California’s legislative body, Nevada of all states should be required to use E-Verify? Not voluntary but all mandated? The Legal Workforce Act will usher in a new period of restrictive practices of business owners, using labor with stolen Social Security numbers and other ID. It should be the business of ICE to enforce E-Verify, so American jobs go to U.S. workers who have that legal right. Businesses that don’t play by rules, should be heavily fined, assets seized and in some severe cases, go to jail? Those who haven’t heard of the ‘Birthright citizenship Act’ should tell their elected officials from blocking this law from reaching the house chambers. The ‘Birthright citizenship Act’ laws when enacted stop around 400.000 illegal alien mothers gaining citizenship for their smuggled fetus into the United States. That citizenship for a baby will only be apparent, when one of either parent is a U.S. citizen?

    Brown stated huge cuts can be anticipated in schools through K-12, when the schools are crammed with the children of illegal aliens, then so be it; you cannot get blood from a stone anymore? No more taxes, no more money to encourage any longer illegal immigrants. It is simply rewarding the parents’ in law-breaking and just encourages more to cross borders of fly in by international flight. The federal government has failed to secure the U.S. borders and it’s become too costly to provide schooling, hospital care, low cost housing and other public services to non-citizens. So far only Arizona has had the backbone to fight back, with Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Utah closing the ranks. No more taxes for Jerry Brown’s state government specifically for illegal alien support. Join a local TEA PARTY and throw out all the politicians that are giving our country away.

    • DavidH says:

      You’re wrong about the number of qualified US citizens who can fill the high tech jobs, Dave Francis.

      I’ve been in tech recruiting for more than a decade and it has never been more difficult to find enough qualified candidates for the job openings. And when we have the suitable candidates who happen to be non-citizens, the unnecessarily exhausting immigration process makes it impossible for the employers to hire them.

      That’s why we have to outsource the jobs to Canada–because the Canadian government welcomes the jobs and the immigrants who are happy to work in Canada.

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