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Carolina Connection: We Must Work Together to Put North Carolinians Back to Work


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Last Friday, I held a Jobs Summit in Raleigh with state leaders to talk about how to put North Carolinians back to work and promote economic growth in our state. We had a productive discussion that focused on:

Expanding and rebuilding North Carolina's historic industries
Filling available 21st-century jobs now
Planning for the future with strategic investment
Growing North Carolina's small businesses
Since January, I've been traveling across North Carolina as part of my North Carolina Back to Work Jobs Tour, and I've heard the same message from small business owners, manufacturing plants, workforce development offices and community colleges: we need to work together. That's why I continue to put forth commonsense ideas that will garner bipartisan support in Washington.

One of those ideas is the Small Business Common Application Act, which would reduce the paperwork small businesses must fill out so that they can focus on what they do best: creating jobs. Much like the common application used by college students applying to different schools, my bill would require that only one form be filled out when seeking assistance from the federal government. This is the type of measure that should be supported by both Democrats and Republicans in Washington.

I will continue my Jobs Tour to gather ideas and initiatives from you -- the people who will help our state's economy grow and thrive. My Jobs Summit was yet another reminder that we must continue working together, and I'm optimistic that this discussion will lead to action, both here in North Carolina and in the United States Senate. We can't wait until after an election to find solutions that will move our state forward.

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