McAuliffe: Virginia Can Do Better on Job Creation
At an appearance last night before the civil rights organization the Richmond Crusade for Voters, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe had harsh words for Virginia's recent efforts to lure new business to the state.
"Why are we losing all this business to six southern states?" he asked, then mentioned several examples -- a Dutch company manufacturing crystals for solar panels in Tennessee, another company that has opened a plant to build turbines and towers for wind farms in Arkansas.
"Why did we not bid on that here in Virginia?" he asked. "We should be bidding on every project."
He continued with other new job creators that have gone to places other than Virginia, including a multi-billion BWM plant with 5,000 new jobs.
"I can go through the whole list," he said. "Now, you go with me to Martinsville and you look at those people in the eyes, 22.2 percent unemployment and you tell me you didn't sit at the table to try to bring 5,000 jobs into Martinsville. You should be ashamed of yourself, and as governor, I will fight for every deal and I'll bring in more jobs than 49 other governors in this country."
It all sounded potentially pretty critical of Gov. Timothy M. Kaine's record on job creation, given that he's been the guy tasked with negotiating those deals for the last four years. But, in an interview this morning, McAuliffe insisted that's not what he meant at all.
Instead, he lay the blame at the feet of that ever popular Democratic target, the Republican-controlled House of Delegates, which he said has refused to approve new tools the governor could use to attract business. The governor needs bonding authority and an expanded ability to offer tax breaks to companies contemplating a move, and the Governor's Opportunity Fund needs to be beefed up.
"Tim's tried. Mark's tried," McAuliffe said. "They agree with me 100 percent. It's not the governor's fault. It's the House of Delegates' fault, who will not give the governor the legislative ability to go out and bring business in."
If Republicans refuse to give him more tools to attract business, McAuliffe said he would visit the home districts of those who vote "no" and hold town halls to highlight the issue.
"I've got great contacts, and I think I'm pretty good salesmen, but I can't do it without tools from the legislature," he said.
April 22, 2009; 10:50 AM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Election 2009 , Rosalind Helderman , Terry McAuliffe
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