North Carolina has persevered through several years of economic difficulty and has only now begun to recover. Maintaining that momentum and ensuring North Carolinians are given the opportunities they need to support their families and achieve the American Dream is essential to a thriving economy.
While the federal government is ill-suited to create jobs, it can help ensure an opportunity economy by lowering taxes, reducing red-tape, and creating economic certainty.
Another issue vital to a modern, competitive economy in North Carolina is workforce development and providing the skills necessary to fill the technology-based and service jobs that make up that modern economy. As with traditional education, efforts to provide skills development should be led by the states and local communities, and I am proud to be a leader in helping these communities ensure they have the authority they need to succeed in building strong workforce development programs.