I know fellow Common Sense contributor Kristen Kalina posted a great article the other day about Lt. Governor Bolling running for US Senate in 2012 instead of for Governor in 2013. However, as I continue to watch the Lt. Gov and his efforts to attract and retain businesses in Virginia, the more apparent it is to me that we need Lt. Governor Bolling in the Governor’s mansion.
Recently, the Lt. Governor posted a great article on his blog talking about what he and Governor McDonnell achieved in their first year in office. While I would encourage readers to visit his blog, here are some of the notable achievements:
- Created 67,900 net new jobs in Virginia
- Reduced Virginia’s unemployment rate from 7.3% to 6.8%
- Generated a $400M surplus
- Rejected a $2B tax increase, balanced the budget and found $6B worth of spending cuts
- Reached out to Virginia business leaders to find ways to improve the business climate in the Commonwealth
- Encouraged businesses in states such as California, New Jersey, and New York to move to Virginia
It is clear that both Gov. McDonnell and Lt. Governor Bolling have been hard at work ensuring that Virginia’s economy continues to grow and that the Commonwealth remains one of the top business-friendly states in the nation.
Recently, Gov. McDonnell and Lt. Gov Bolling announced the Opportunity at Work Agenda. The Opportunity at Work Agenda seeks to build on the progress made last year. According to Bill’s blog, there are six areas of emphasis in the Opportunity at Work Agenda:
- Growing Virginia’s Innovation Economy
- Supporting Small Business
- Expanding Virginia’s Tourism Economy
- Revitalization, Redevelopment and Regional Cooperation
- Training Workers For Virginia Businesses
- Job Creating Tax Reform
I would encourage readers to continue to follow Bolling’s activities as Lt. Governor and as the “Chief Job Creation Officer.” At a time when other states are facing fiscal nightmares and the realty of mismanagement, Virginia’s economy is continuing to grow and that is because Virginia has leaders like Bill at the helm.