It is easy to say we need more and better jobs, but what is a real strategy to actually get them? Many of the high-paying jobs of our past no longer exist and we will not create jobs by cutting taxes for the richest Minnesotans. We will only create jobs by investing in our future. In today's reality, most high-paying jobs require either postsecondary schooling or occupational license. Our children need to be trained for the jobs of future and this means investing in our schools. Businesses locate where they can find employees who have the skills they need, and where there is an infrastructure that allows them to run effective operations. So, we cannot attract businesses without improving our roads, and ensuring that we have adequate police and fire protection.
Although high technology has brought about the loss of many of yesterday's jobs, I believe it gives us all the opportunity to create new jobs, often with fewer constraints on location and infrastructure. We just need to look ahead and not behind.
We must invest in our future, and we need a representative in the Legislature that understands that.