Jack Markell in 2011 Governor's State of the State speeches


On Corporations: Expand manufacturing; reform permitting; help small business

Historically, Delaware has been defined by what we make. Manufacturing jobs have provided a ladder to economic independence for countless families and they must remain part of our economic future. Our Delaware Manufacturing Association will build on effective past outreach to local manufacturers on topics ranging from lean manufacturing techniques to energy savings programs. Together, we will work to develop and implement new ways to expand manufacturing jobs.

We will stay focused on the particula issues facing our small businesses. That means continuing our efforts to make permitting more efficient and predictable. It also means recognizing that one of the most important assets of any small business is its workforce. Too often, small business owners have trouble negotiating and paying for healthcare coverage for their workforce, or attracting the best workers when they don't. We will implement the new federal health care act in a way that most helps our small businesses.

Source: 2011 Delaware State of the State Address Jan 20, 2011

On Education: Ensure we have the best possible public schools

[We will work] with Delaware's excellent educators to ensure we have the best possible public schools. Employers want to know that their children will have a great place to learn and that our schools will graduate young people ready to thrive in the work world. Our students today are graduating into a job environment far different from what their parents faced. They are competing with graduates from around the world for jobs and we are competing with governments to help make those opportunities available
Source: 2011 Delaware State of the State Address Jan 20, 2011

On Gun Control: More troopers & more enforcement against gun crimes

Parents should not fear their children will be hit by stray bullets. Borrowing an idea from the Delaware State Troopers Association, we will make those who violate our laws fund efforts to reduce the incidence of gun violence. To this end, [my administration will] focus new resources, including additional state troopers, on reducing gun crimes, beginning in the City of Wilmington.
Source: 2011 Delaware State of the State Address Jan 20, 2011

On Jobs: Job Creation Infrastructure Fund: tax credits for job growth

We must be prepared to make the infrastructure investments necessary when we see significant opportunities to put Delawareans back to work. I am proposing a Job Creation Infrastructure Investment Fund that will allow us to seize the best opportunities fo investing in future jobs in ways that our Transportation Trust Fund currently cannot. And to drive home the message that Delaware is the best place to start and grow a business, we must promote job-creating capital investment. For businesses large or small that are willing to put Delawareans to work in a new or expanded manufacturing facility--whether it be for traditional manufacturing, or for clean energy--we will provide tax credits to support that job growth. We must continue to create a business climate that puts our neighbors back to work and that puts Delaware back at the forefront of making things again.
Source: 2011 Delaware State of the State Address Jan 20, 2011

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