North Carolina continues to lose jobs to neighboring states and offshore competition. We need to enact legislation that will make North Carolina a desired destination not of point of departure. We need to work with local jurisdictions and with businesses to create economic development opportunities that will produce jobs and financial security for all North Carolinians. North Carolina's growing economy requires a flexible, highly-skilled workforce. We must work with County and municipal agencies to ensure that North Carolinians workers get the the training that they need to succeed. We must ensure every adult can access the training necessary to close the skills gap in America. With the diverse workforce and natural resources we have been blessed with in North Carolina, I believe North Carolina can become one of the most prosperous State economies, and we can do our part to ensure that the United States continues to be the most prosperous economy in the world. To accomplish this, we must:
* Reduce spending and pass legislation that limits spending in the future
* Pass legislation that promotes economic growth including tax cuts for personal income tax and the corporate marginal tax rates
* Help improve our high schools to better prepare our children for college and to offer skilled-labor training alternatives to students who decide not to pursue a 2- or 4-year degree, and
* Reform State immigration policies to ensure only legal immigrants can compete jobs
Theses are not lofty goals. They are achievable and they are critical to North Carolina's future.