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Terry McAuliffe's Platform for Putting Virginia First: Jobs & Economy

Terry McAuliffe's Platform for Putting Virginia First: Jobs & Economy

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To be the best state for business we have to focus on building on the Commonwealth’s strengths while diversifying our economy. We’re faced with serious challenges as our federal government learns to live within its means, but these challenges also represent an opportunity to grow a strong and diverse 21st century economy.
To be the best state for business we have to focus on building on the Commonwealth’s strengths while diversifying our economy. We’re faced with serious challenges as our federal government learns to live within its means, but these challenges also represent an opportunity to grow a strong and diverse 21st century economy.

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o be the best state for business we have to focus on building on the Commonwealth’s strengths while diversifying oureconomy. We’re faced with serious challenges as our federal government learns to live within its means, but thesechallenges also represent an opportunity to grow a strong and diverse 21st century economy.
 Getting the Basics Right
Virginia has traditionally been one of the best states for business and it’s because members of both parties have accepted afew straightforward principles.
Continuing Virginia’s tradition of fewer, smarter regulations.
Here in Virginia our regulatory structure has always beenone that maintained our standards without imposing burdens on our businesses. We need to continue down thatpath, emphasizing the need to oversee our current regulations efficiently rather than constantly creating new ones.
Investing in Transportation and Education.
Our transportation and education systems are the building blocks thatallow the private sector to flourish. We must make strategic investments in these sectors so that we can have asstrong an economy as possible.
Honoring Veterans’ service and respecting their training.
Returning veterans shouldn’t have to jump through hoops ortake classes on skills they already have trained to do to be certified for a new profession. As Governor, Terry will havea full-time staff member dedicated to creating automatic trade and professional certifications for returning veterans.This high-level staff person will work with the Department of Defense, lawmakers, and licensure bodies to helpensure that our veterans have an easy and sensible transition into the workforce.
• Giving everyone in our economy a seat at the table.
When the state makes rules that affect people’s livelihoods, theyshould be a part of the conversation. Virginia should ensure proper representation of both workers and managementon regulatory boards and licensing panels.
• Ensuring that employment laws are followed.
People should be paid for the time they work. Women and minoritiesshould not be discriminated against. Workplaces should be safe and well maintained. These and other basicworkplace rules need to be properly enforced.
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Workforce Development
Virginia competes with hundreds of nations and 49 other states for the jobs of the 21st century. Having a trained and readyworkforce is critically important. As Governor, Terry will focus on making sure Virginians have the skills they need to growour economy and provide for their families.
• Focusing on our Community Colleges.
Virginia’s community college system is an incredible asset and should betreated as such. Terry will focus on supporting our community college system as the centerpiece of our workforcedevelopment system. 
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Giving Community Colleges the tools to succeed.
Every dollar spent on Community College workforce trainingcreates many more in economic development. It’s time to invest where we get the greatest return. Helping ourcommunity colleges grow facilities and faculties will grow the number of career-ready Virginians. 
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Increased support for workforce-development programs.
Ensuring that our community colleges are providingevery student with the “soft skills” – those basic job readiness skills that will allow them to transition intoon the job training – necessary to succeed in their careers along with specialized training options for specificindustries will ensure that our workforce can meet the needs of our industries.
 
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Challenge Grants.
By providing some state support through challenge grants we can improve communitycollege fundraising and bring more private dollars into our system.
 
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Broadening access for veterans to include all programs.
Currently our veterans only have federal benefits fordegree granting programs. We should create state scholarships for those veterans that want to pursuecareer certifications. 
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Increased flexibility and authority.
We need to free our Community Colleges up from old-fashionedpurchasing, work order, and hiring restrictions – let presidents and department heads run their schoolsso they can be more efficient and spend their resources on their core mission of educating andtraining Virginians.
 
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Increased collaboration with local high schools.
We should do everything we can to get students in careertraining the best education and familiarize them with their community college.
 
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Incentives for increasing partnerships with local businesses.
Our community colleges are going to partnerwith local industry to provide, where possible, tailored training programs to give our students the tools theyneed to succeed.
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Additional staff and program support for continuing education.
In today’s job market people are going to needto upgrade their skills periodically and we need to make sure that our system is available.
• Investing in Pre-K through 12 Education.
Without a strong start our students aren’t going to be able to launch intocareers or continue their education. A strong economy demands a well educated workforce.
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Reforming the SOL Tests.
We must have a strong system of student achievement and teacher evaluation.Unfortunately our current system isn’t working for parents, students, or teachers. The current Standards ofLearning tests have created an environment with an over-emphasis on drilling students to take one-time,multiple-choice tests. There is no question that teachers must be held accountable through fair, multi-dimensional means, and that we need to ensure that students are learning what we want them to know,but we can do a better job.
 
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Innovation in Education.
Quality educational systems need to think more creatively. Partnerships withbusinesses and Community Colleges to give our students firm credentials and skills training, emphasis onSTEM and Computer Science, and increased flexibility for our school districts will all help bring our schoolsinto the 21st century.
 
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Supporting our Schools.
Over time, the Commonwealth has reduced state investment in our schools, reducingthe resources of our schools and shifting the burden to local school districts. It’s time to restore funding andgive our school systems the tools they need to provide world class educations for our kids.
 
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Growing support for career training.
Our schools need to partner with community colleges and businesses toprovide valuable and useful career training.
 
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Letting Teachers Teach.
Our teachers need to be relieved of the growing amount of paperwork andadministrative tasks so they can focus on the job they signed up for: educating our kids.
 • Traditional 4-year Colleges and Universities.
We have one of the proudest traditions of higher education in thecountry, but it must remain affordable to parents and students. Our universities and colleges are challenged tostay current and absorb more students while their funding has been cut dramatically. 
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Controlling costs and fees to keep our kids out of debt.
Every student in Virginia deserves the opportunity toget a quality education and start their working lives without the burden of heavy debt. 
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Emphasize financial aid.
We must ensure that, in this era of rising costs, all students have a fair shot atgetting a college education. 
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Supporting returning veterans.
As our veterans return home, many of them will seek education in our collegesand universities. We need to ensure that these are welcoming places for them and understand their needsand talents. 
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Making employment data available.
Virginia should do more to ensure that students, parents, and colleges anduniversities all know about and can easily access state data on what jobs are going to be available andin which fields. 
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Increased support for research and development.
In addition to creating new products and industries,supporting requests for funding from our schools’ research departments will bring revenues back to theschools and attract new faculty. Helping our schools to become more entrepreneurial will bring moreresources and talent to our higher education system.
• Supporting and encouraging the growth of apprenticeship programs.
These critically important training programsgive apprentices the tools they need to join lucrative and in-demand trades, and give employers the security ofknowing that their hires can do the job.

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