Moore looks for private sector cooperation with government

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 18, 2002

Policy reform through cooperating with the private sector is a primary focus for Independence Party U.S. Senate candidate Jim Moore.

The governmental/private joint solutions that he proposes target housing, alternative energy, school management, farm policy, healthcare and social security among other things.

The approach does not aim to simply reduce the government’s role in public policy, Moore emphasized.

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“We recognize the government does have a role to play,” he said. “There are times when the free market system fails an individual. There are times when family dynamics fail an individual. And the government has a role to play to ensure that those individuals to can get back on their feet.”

What Moore would pursue is to bind the government’s availability of social services for individuals with private sector’s productivity, efficiency, expertise and cost control.

Moore said his idea was shaped during his experience in the commercial banking industry. In the past, he worked closely with small and mid-sized businesses as a vice president of commercial and asset-based lending company. He intends to apply cost reduction efforts of those firms to the government operation.

Moore is confident that his expertise would help the rural Minnesota economy be revitalized.

“What I was trying to encourage business owners to do was to look at the options that greater Minnesota offers. You have a phenomenal workforce, and you have great work ethics. The cost of doing business, for building a building, or whatever, is lower and you may save a lot of expenses in doing so here. That makes you that much more competitive.”

Enhancing the attraction of rural community for the business through providing transportation, telecommunication infrastructure, and educational institutions is what he considers the government’s responsibility.

Moore pledges to fight against special interest groups, and refuses to take any PAC money for his campaign. “We’ve gone from ‘one voice, one vote’ democracy to ‘one dollar, one vote’ reality,” he said. “The money from the interests stone the voice of individuals in the society. I am here to steal it back.”

“I truly believe we need to have a reliable and refreshing third voice in this race,” Moore said. “And I think Minnesotans are looking for a third alternative to politics as usual.”