Charlie is a retiree living on a fixed income, so he understands, first hand, how families are affected today by rising gas, grocery, healthcare, and other costs. Charlie believes America can create & keep good jobs by investing in education, technology, an updated infrastructure, energy independence, and fair trade. He opposes the outsourcing of American prosperity promoted by NAFTA and CAFTA, and supported the recent increase in the minimum wage. He supports permanent tax relief for the middle class and elimination of the Alternative Minimum Tax. Charlie will fight for additional tax relief for small business innovators because he understands that the best way to keep the American economy strong and prosperous is by investing in a 21st century workforce, technology, and energy independence.