We must make a real commitment to education. I know that rebuilding our economy begins by ensuring our state has a well-educated and well-trained workforce. That's why I voted to restore millions of dollars in cuts to education proposed by Governor Gibbons. Our schools must have stable funding in order to provide increased career and technical education opportunities, to reduce class size, to increase our high school graduation rate, and to attract and retain the most qualified teachers.
Over the past decade, we have made strides in improving our schools, only to take steps backward when there is not adequate revenue. That is why we need to reform our tax structure to make it more stable and to make sure we are able to fund programs that we know work to help our kids learn and succeed. I also strongly support a Rainy Day Fund for Education that ensures stable funding for our schools so they can provide the services that our children need to be successful in the classroom and in the workforce.