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Issue Position: Jobs & Economy

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Tennessee Jobs & Our Economy

Since I began my career in public service one thing has remained constant: I have fought every step of the way to make Tennessee's economy the strongest it could be. Job growth must be the top priority for the next Governor. As the owner of a small business, I know how difficult it is for startup and small businesses to operate in today's dismal economic environment.

Tennessee needs a Governor who will work to create new jobs and fight hard to keep the ones we have. Since being elected Lt. Governor, my number one goal has been to do just that. Under my leadership, the Senate has created a pro-business environment that has encouraged major manufacturing plants to expand or move to Tennessee. As Governor, I will continue to use my experience to attract new jobs and new businesses to our state.

I say it often, but it bears repeating: We are not going to spend our way out of the current negative economy or tax our way out of it. We need to grow our way to prosperity by adhering to two Conservative principles. We must tighten the belt and live within our means and we need to do everything possible to foster a low tax, pro-growth climate that businesses - both large and small - can flourish within and create those sorely needed jobs for the families of Tennessee.

The Ramsey Administration will utilize every tool at our disposal to lure new jobs and new businesses to Tennessee. My goal is to make Tennessee the most profitable place to start or grow a business in the country. The two best ways to do that do not cost a penny: ensure that Tennessee remains a strong Right to Work state and defeat any and all efforts to pass a state income tax. If we do those two things -- and I will - it will assure prospective employers that Tennessee will always be a job-friendly state and we will grow our way out of this recession.

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