Former governor and current U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine visited Fibertek, Inc. yesterday in Herndon. Following a tour of the advanced manufacturing firm's facility, Kaine held a town hall discussion with employees about his strategies for strengthening the economy by leveling the playing field for small businesses, developing the world's most talented workforce, and bringing Virginia lessons of fiscal responsibility and political balance to Washington.
"Fibertek is a great example of what Virginia has done right and what the nation needs to do right if we're going to strengthen our economy," said Kaine. "Once we decided that talent was important we grew our own talent, attracted talent from around the world, and then attracted companies that want to be around talented people. At the national level we need to recommit to having the world's most talented workforce."
During the conversation, Kaine outlined "Investing in Our Workers," a workforce development agenda that extends his commitment to developing a globally competitive workforce. Kaine shared strategies to spur economic growth and ensure long-term competitiveness through investments and reforms in education and training, including improving standards for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculums and emphasizing career and technical education. Throughout the event, Kaine also listened to ideas from workers about how to strengthen the economy, support startup businesses, and leverage international assets, like the nearby Dulles International Airport.
Kaine also addressed the need for a responsible, balanced approach to our fiscal challenges, drawing a stark contrast between his record and that of his opponent, George Allen. As governor, Kaine cut more than $5 billion in state spending and Forbes magazine named Virginia the "Best State for Business" all four years he held office. In the Senate, Allen helped add more than $3 trillion to the national debt and turned a record surplus into a massive deficit.
"When I was governor I had to make significant cuts to keep the state's budget balanced and I learned the right way to do it," said Kaine. "If we try to address our deficit only though cuts we're going to devastate the economy, particularly in Virginia, and we will endanger important priorities like defense, education, and Medicare. If we do it through a balanced approach of cuts and revenues, we will make the cuts we need while retaining the flexibility to invest in areas that will grow the economy."
Since the beginning of the year, Kaine has held more than 65 economic roundtables around the state to hear from Virginians and share his strategies for creating jobs and strengthening the economy.