Richmond, VA - As part of the “Actions Matter” tour, Tim Kaine held a roundtable discussion today in Herndon on the differences between his record on economic issues of importance to Virginia women and the record of George Allen. During the discussion with more than 30 women at Zarca Interactive, Kaine shared his strategies to strengthen the economy and create jobs, to develop the world’s most talented workforce and to responsibly address the nation’s fiscal issues. This event was part of Day 2 of the “Actions Matter” tour, which highlights the differences between the records of Tim Kaine and George Allen through advertising and events.
"We must invest in our small businesses and infrastructure but we also need to focus on the talent of our workforce to be able to lead in the industries of tomorrow,” said Kaine. “This starts with early childhood education which is why I expanded pre-k enrollment by 40 percent as governor even in a tough time when we had to reduce the budget. If we don't make those early opportunities available, we put kids at a disadvantage."
Throughout today's discussion, Kaine highlighted his economic vision to support innovation and a talented workforce by making smart investments and reforms in education and workforce training. As governor, Kaine worked with members of both parties to cut $5 billion in spending while making key investments in priorities like education, including early childhood education, workforce training, and infrastructure. Kaine’s economic strategy, fiscally responsible record, and commitment to finding common ground differs from that of George Allen’s record as a Senator and candidate where he has called for an all cuts approach to deficit reduction that would devastate key priorities like Medicare, education, and defense.
"In order to solve some of our most pressing challenges we've got to be able to work together and find common ground,” said Kaine. “I believe I have a unique track record of working with both parties as a mayor and a governor to do good things for Virginia like invest in education and foster a good environment for businesses. We were Forbes Magazine's most business friendly state all four years of my term and that wasn't just me, that was helped by a willingness of both sides to work together."
Since the beginning of the year, Kaine has held more than 85 economic roundtable discussions with small business owners and community leaders across the state.