For many years, our economy was driven by the population growth and the development industry. Since growth has slowed and new home construction has come to a halt, we have seen state revenue decrease and jobs disappear. To create jobs and get our economy back on track and persons back to work, I believe we must:
*Support and expand job training programs and other direct-employment programs that provide skills for jobs that pay a living wage;
*Create a state empowerment zone like the federal government has done, to utilize tax credits for employers to hire and train workers in fields that have a high demand;
*Support the creation of jobs in the green building and solar energy sectors by expanding the tax credits for creating jobs in the sciences and high tech sectors.