One thing remains unchanged in the modern global economy: success is earned. The regions with highly-skilled and hard-working people will be the economic leaders of the world. Their people will have the most access to rewarding careers, a wide selection of good jobs, more economic security, less poverty, and all the benefits of a strong economy built on a sound foundation. I have repeatedly taken a stand to make sure that our region continues to fit this description, now and for decades to come. Nothing is more important to our economy than the skills, education, and hard work of all our people.
In my first term in the legislature, I passed laws creating business internships for high school students, making college more affordable, training unemployed workers for new jobs in high-demand industries, cutting red tape for small businesses, and creating thousands of new jobs in energy efficiency and clean energy. For more detail, see the real results achieved in my first term.
These reforms are a good start, but only the beginning. We need long-term leadership, to keep our state focused on expanding our middle class and growing our economy, by focusing on the skills, education, and work ethic of our people. For more detail, read The Washington Way, my long-term approach for Washington's economy.