The single strongest tool in keeping and attracting new jobs is a low tax rate when and wherever possible. Although it may sound like an oversimplification, this one factor has many ramifications. A reasonable tax rate attracts private industry which, in turn, generates jobs for our residents. The tax rate in North Carolina is in competition with those of surrounding states. SC, TN, VA & GA all offer more attractive tax environments than that of North Carlolina's 6.9% corporate income tax rate. I also believe improved water and sewer infrastructure is an important component of growing a strong business sector.