Since I became Governor, my top priority has been creating good-paying jobs for West Virginians. I understand nothing matters more for West Virginia families than the jobs that keep food on the table and a roof overhead. The most important thing our state government can do is pave the way for employers to keep people working.
During one of the most uncertain times in our nation's history, West Virginia has established a reputation as a strong and stable state. My administration has worked hard to create a productive business climate with a series of pro-growth tax reforms. While other states are raising taxes, we are lowering them. We are in the process of phasing out the business franchise tax and our corporate net income tax reduction schedule continues. These recent steps to strengthen our state's attractiveness for business investment represent my commitment to more jobs and lower taxes.
Since I took office, our state has made great strides in job growth. Amazon.com opened its new east coast call center. The FBI's new Biometric Technology Center is under construction. Toyota announced yet another expansion. Gestamp will soon begin operations at the former South Charleston Stamping Plant. Thousands of new jobs have been created and billions of dollars in new investments have been made--and we've done all this with a balanced budget!
As we move forward in our efforts to attract, recruit and sustain these business investments it is essential to remain steadfast in maintaining a responsible tax structure, a stable government, and a workforce that is educated, trained and ready to work.
I could not be more proud of our job-creation record, and I will continue to uphold my promise to work every day to bring more job opportunities to you--the hard working people of West Virginia. I believe, as we continue to show the world that West Virginia and her people are always the right investment, we will continue to see growth in the Mountain State.