My parents were small business owners, and I spent a fair amount of my childhood helping out at the register or just reading a book and watching my parents run their shop. It wasn’t easy for them. Now, as a computer science teacher, I give kids the technical skills they need to go start businesses of their own -- perhaps business that will someday grow into something larger. With a growing population and growing need, the only way to pay for everything our community needs is to supercharge our business sector.
As your delegate, I’ll work to...
Draw new large businesses by bringing state resources back to maintain our excellent public schools and to improve our transit infrastructure -- the top two things corporations look for when relocating. Nothing draws large employers like an excellent place to live with a steady flow of highly educated potential employees.
Invest in Career and Technical Education and high-quality industry apprenticeships. On top of the traditional trades, advanced manufacturing and health IT jobs are going unfilled because employers cannot find associate's-degree-level candidates. I’ll work to fill this gap by pushing for in-demand certificate programs and industry-owned apprenticeship programs.
Shear away regulations that don’t serve the public. For example, we should look at licensed professions and conduct a cost/benefit analysis to determine whether the risks to public health and safety are worthy of a licensure procedure or whether it would better serve the public to use a certification or registration system.