Christopher Kivior

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Christopher Kivior
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Massachusetts House of Representatives, Tenth Worcester District
Former candidate
PartyRepublican
Education
Bachelor'sHopedale Jr. Sr. High School, 2012
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Christopher Kivior was a 2014 Republican candidate for the Tenth Worcester District of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.[1]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Kivior's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

Wages:

​-Against raising the minimum wage due to the affect it would have on small business owners. Rather minimum wage should be linked with the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

  • When minimum wage increases small business owners will compensate by precipitating one or more of 3 things.

1.​​​ The shift from full time to part time (cut hours). 2. Cut certain percentage of workers.​ 3. Raise cost of product or service to consumer.​

​​126,000 equals the number of MA firms with 19 emplyee's or less (86% of all MA firms).

518,500 equals the number of employee's in these 126,000 firms.​ (17% of all employee's).

The answer is not raising the minimum wage, but rather strengthening the system to precipitate greater job opportunities. Jobs that pay higher wages and provides more room to grow.​​ In regards to large businesses, you'll begin to see increased investments in automating processes. Consequentially, limiting the need for certain workers and eliminating the need for particular skill sets.

All raising the minimum wage will do is raise the poverty line. Companies will still seek to make the same profits, resulting in the price increase of goods and services to consumers. Thus highlighting that the only way to have people grow financially is to precipitate more job opportunities and growth.

​ Social Programs:
Welfare spending in Massachusetts is the highest in the nation. Too long has massachusetts been a beacon for people to come and gorge off tax payer money.

-$400 Million a year in EBT fraud. -​$1.8 Billion in benefits for Illegal Immigrants with an estimated 220,000 Illegals in Massachusetts. -​900,000 people on food stamps (double that of what it was in 2006). with its costs going from roughly $485 Million to 1.29 Billion.​ -​​Welfare benefits paying upwards of $42,000​​​ (Tax free I may add). -People receiving welfare benefits after they died.

​"A 2.5 year audit found​ a total of 1,164 people who continued to receive welfare for periods of 6-27 months after they died, totaling nearly 2.4 million in payments...In most cases, EBT cards were being used by unauthorized individuals to make store purchases or withdraw cash from an ATM...In some cases, benefits were paid to guardians who claimed dead people as dependents."


With people collecting up to $42,000 from said programs, what motivation does one have to go out and look for one. Better yet how does the blue collar worker justify working 5-6 days a week accumulating 40-70 hours only to make the same amount or less than someone using the system. Thus, discrediting the system for those who may be using it for it's intended purpose. Which is a "temporary" crutch until an alternate source of revenue (i.e. a job) is found.

Common sense changes that I'd try to implement​​:
- Proof of residency for social benefits - Photo I.D required on EBT cards -​​​ Valid SSN required for social benefits - Drug test for welfare recipients - Further restrictions on EBT cards - End EBT cash benefits

After all, one should not feel 100% comfortable on welfare. Rather, it should be enough for them to buy NECESSARY/ESSENTIAL food items and pay NECESSARY/ESSENTIAL bills. At the same time the accumulative amount of these programs should be small enough that people want to seek a higher revenue/income source.​​

​​I am a firm believer in transitional assistance during the period of unemployment to another job. Our state must work to provide the dignity of a job to those depending on social benefits.

Repealing Obamacare in Massachusetts:
​​​Under our former system of Mass Health, 98% of Massachusetts residents were covered. I don't believe it was 100% perfect, but that being said it's implementation and cost were far different with that of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

When the Massachusetts legislature was faced with the vote to implement the Affordable Care Act, they not only backed it, but also didn't support a study which would explore any effects it may have. As a result, 250,000 residents lost their Health Insurance.

With a youth support needed of 30-40% of Obamacare enrollees to sustain the program, it's surprisingly not very "youth friendly". Primarily due to the higher premiums one must pay and the ever increasing deductible's. ​​ Taxes:
-Against any and all tax increases -Against the "Automatic Gas Tax" which would link the gas tax to the rate of inflation -Sales tax should be brought back down to 5% -Removal of the "Tech Tax" from the Transportation Finance Bill -Eliminate the inventory tax

With many in my family (past and present) being entrepreneurs, I understand the benefit the private sector precipitates. With government implementing more and more retrictions on our businesses and adding mountains of paperwork, they're simply not staying. Large companies have enough resources and revenue flow to just move their operations out of state. However, the one's who really suffer are small business owners who can't afford to move and are therefore stuck to deal with many of our state's poor policies.​

Prosperity is mocked. Why is prosperity mocked? It's seen as safe as opposed to risky when the opposite is true.

Who really takes risk? It's the business owner. The business owner everyday is playing with their own money not playing with government money. Not playing in a casino called Massachusetts.

I believe individuals create jobs, not the government. What the government is becoming increasingly efficient at these days is pushing jobs away. Adding to the cost of doing business by creating more red tape, hightening the tax burden and implementing regulations at the state level that highten the cost of things such as health care and energy.​​​​​

What drives a lot of this acrimony toward business is the misunderstanding that if you earn something, someone else loses. Thus, ignoring the effort thats expended prior to getting paid. They never talk about the effort and time you put into your work, but rather the fact you bought something that others may not be able to afford.​​[2][3]

Elections

2014

See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Massachusetts House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election was held on September 9, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Incumbent John Fernandes was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Mark Reil, Jr. defeated Christopher Kivior in the Republican primary.[4]

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