TIM KAINE CONTINUES ECONOMIC TOUR OF VIRIGINIA, TALKS GROWTH, TALENT, BALANCE


Tidewater News: "Kaine’s jobs plan in Virginia is a central focus of his campaign for the Senate.”
 
Stafford County Sun: "Kaine spoke about the need for an investment infrastructure — an investment in the economy."
 
Clarendon Patch: “‘Win the talent war, and you make your economy strong,’ Kaine said…”
 
Fairfax News: “The roadmap includes strategic initiatives to grow businesses and encourage job creation…”

Northern Neck News: "Kaine then held an education roundtable...to share his commitment to invest in higher education..."

 

Richmond, VA This week, Tim Kaine continued his economic tour of Virginia that began last week with Senator Warner. On the tour, Kaine has discussed his vision for our economic future that focuses on three key elements: growth, talent and balance. Kaine made this week’s first stop in Fredericksburg to tour the facilities of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative and hold a town hall with employees. On Tuesday, he traveled to a community college in the Northern Neck for a roundtable on talent development and then toured local businesses, including Kellum’s Seafood, with former Governor Linwood Holton, to discuss increasing access to capital for small businesses. Kaine then visited Sussex to hold a meet and greet with local business and community leaders. Today, Kaine visited business in Gordonsville, Madison and Culpeper to share strategies that will help businesses expand and hire.



For additional coverage of Kaine's two-week economic tour, see below:
 
Roll Call: “The Virginia Democrat crisscrossed the state with his fellow former governor last week for a two-day, nine-stop tour. They ended the trek at a rally in this historic college town on Thursday, exactly one year after Kaine entered the race for the seat of retiring Sen. Jim Webb (D).”
 
Tidewater News: “A candidate for the U.S. Senate, Kaine also believes his ability to cut Virginia’s general fund by more than $5 billion during the worst recession in 70 years while keeping the state’s economy at the nation’s forefront would benefit the federal government if he is elected on Nov. 6. On a two-week tour of Virginia, the Democrat stopped by The Tidewater News on Wednesday to share his plan to create jobs. Kaine is running for the seat held by retiring U.S. Sen. James Webb, also a Democrat…Kaine’s jobs plan in Virginia is a central focus of his campaign for the Senate. The plan includes reforming education, investing in infrastructure, and a combination of cuts and spending to reduce federal deficit.”
 
Fairfax News: “Democratic Senate hopeful Tim Kaine embarked on a two-week tour of Virginia today, after releasing his economic agenda yesterday.  The roadmap includes strategic initiatives to grow businesses and encourage job creation, develop a talented workforce, and balance the budget by finding common ground on spending cuts as well as investments that will generate new revenue, Kaine said…“As the global competition increases, we must act now to equip businesses with the tools they need to create jobs, develop a strong and talented workforce, and address our fiscal challenges by finding common ground,” said Kaine...”
 
Roanoke Free Press: “Kaine if elected vowed that he would work to increase the accessibility and affordability of higher education as part of building a national talent economy. ‘[VTC] is like exhibit A of my economic plan,’ said Kaine. ‘It combines growth, it combines talent and combines balance.’ Kaine praised Warner’s leadership in the “gang of six” balancing spending cuts with spending priorities. ‘You can’t close [the deficit] just with cuts. If you just cut you will hurt important priorities like research and education and infrastructure. You have to make investments as well.’”
 
Roll Call: “‘I do believe they want to get things done,’ said Ron Cottrell, 53, a self-described independent. ‘If we change some key players out, maybe we can build some momentum.’‘I think that Kaine and Sen. Warner, they both talk like adults,’ Jeff Boecker, 59, said after the rally. ‘And I think we need more people like that up there. Neither one of them is a flaming partisan to me. They’re both willing to make the hard choices people need to make.’”
 
Clarendon Patch: “‘America needs to make reinvestment in its talent pool this generation’s version of the Apollo mission,’ Kaine said. That means improving early childhood education, revamping No Child Left Behind, investing in community and technical colleges and making college more affordable. ‘Win the talent war, and you make your economy strong,’ Kaine said…‘We can all have the best ideas, but none of it will work if we can’t find the balance of being able to work together,’ he said, citing his work with Republican legislators while governor.”
  
Stafford County Sun: “During Kaine’s visit at the Sun office, he spoke to a small panel of editorial staff…He spoke about a full series of economic roundtables in the area that he’s participated in. From those, feedback received has included discussions about qualifications of people in jobs (skill levels), borrowing money to start up businesses, lending money, the jobs bill and regional issues like coal in the southern part of the state and traffic in Northern Virginia, he said. Kaine spoke about the need for an investment infrastructure — an investment in the economy.”
 
Northern Neck News: “On Tuesday, April 10, U.S. Senate Candidate and former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine (D) toured the Northern Neck to discuss his recently released “vision for our economic future,” which focuses on growth, talent and balance. In the morning, Kaine visited Garner’s Produce, to meet with representatives of the Northern Neck Food Bank to discuss the important role local farms play to feed those in need. Kaine then held an education roundtable at Rappahannock Community College in Warsaw to share his commitment to invest in higher education with RCC’s students and teachers.”
 
Fredericksburg Patch: “U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine told employees at Rappahannock Electric Cooperative that he is pro-nuclear and pro-coal if it’s safe and cleaner. ‘I think the performance of North Anna during the earthquake offers some positives about the design and about response,’ Kaine said to just more than a dozen employees during a roundtable discussion Monday afternoon at the Cooperative in Fredericksburg. ‘I am in favor of continuing to explore safe nuclear.’”


Washington Post:
“In his discussions Wednesday, Kaine frequently referred to his four-year tenure as governor from 2006 to 2010, saying he wants to take those “Virginia lessons” to Washington. “One of the things we wrestle with nationally is, ‘If we want the economy to be strong, what should we do?’ ” Kaine said Wednesday. “Why not learn some lessons from Virginia?””
 
Richmond Times Dispatch: “Kaine shared his familiar campaign message of bringing Virginia's lessons to Washington and building a "talent economy" by investing in education to breed talent and recruit businesses. Kaine's 20-page "A Vision for Our Economic Future," released Wednesday morning, focuses on that message as well as creating jobs and getting the nation's debt and deficit under control through increased revenues and "strategic cuts."”
 
Associated Press: 
“Kaine called for a simpler tax code for small business, more schooling before kindergarten and after high school, closing tax loopholes for the wealthy and Big Oil.”
 
Real Clear Politics: “Tim Kaine of Virginia spelled out his economic vision Wednesday with a plan to increase access to capital for small businesses, encourage investments in education, infrastructure and alternative energy, and balance the budget through a combination of cuts and revenue increases.”
 
Virginian Pilot: “Kaine said efforts to make America more globally competitive need to include giving businesses easier assess to capital, spending more on infrastructure, ramping up education and job training and balancing the federal budget by a combination of budget cuts and new revenue.”
 
Free Lance Star: “He said his proposals would make it easier for businesses, especially small or new ones, to expand; improve education systems to help “reverse our decline in the talent race”; and balance budget cuts with other measures. Kaine said he would ease regulations so that community banks could lend more to small businesses, which still face barriers in accessing capital.”

Washington Examiner:
 “Kaine called for a three-pronged approach centered on boosting employment by increasing access to capital and jumpstarting infrastructure and green-energy projects, building an educated workforce and balancing the budget with a combination of spending cuts and tax increases.”
 
Richmond Times Dispatch: “To achieve short-term job growth, the plan suggests easing access to capital for businesses, making infrastructure investments, increasing exports and providing research and development incentives. In the long term, he focuses on investing in education and infrastructure and simplifying the tax code, among other things.”
 
Washington Post: “Kaine, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said his economic agenda stems from discussions he had at about 20 round tables with business leaders across the state.”
 
Richmond Times Dispatch: “The plan focuses on growing businesses and jobs, building a “talent economy” and balancing the budget through a balanced approach to deficit reduction, including increased revenues and cuts.”
 
Roanoke Times: “Kaine’s economic plan builds upon themes he has emphasized since entering the race last year and has sharpened as he gears up for one of the country’s most competitive Senate races. Kaine said principles that have helped Virginia maintain a solid reputation for management can be put to work at the national level to strengthen the economy. His plan combines his own ideas with some that he collected at economic ‘roundtable’ discussions throughout the state over the past several months, he said.”
 
Washington Post“Kaine and Warner ended their day at a rally in downtown Richmond attended by hundreds of supporters, including Kaine’s father-in-law and political hero, former governor Linwood Holton.”
 
Richmond Times Dispatch: “Kaine, a former governor, looks to promote short-term job growth by easing access to capital for businesses, making infrastructure investments, increasing exports and providing research and development incentives.”
 
National Journal: “During the roundtable Kaine pledged to join the Gang of Six as a senator to seek a grand bargain for the nation's long-term fiscal problem. More specifically, Kaine said would prefer a deficit-reduction ratio of roughly $2-3 in cuts for every new dollar in taxes.”
 
Real Clear Politics: “[Kaine] talked about his plans to take “Virginia lessons nationally” as a U.S. senator. His economic plan includes making it easier for community banks to provide loans to small businesses and enticing companies to move their headquarters to Virginia; shifting the emphasis in No Child Left Behind from testing for competence to testing for excellence; embracing conservation as part of a comprehensive energy policy that includes investments in green technology while eliminating oil and corn-based ethanol subsidies; and letting the Bush tax cuts expire for top income earners.
 
Free Lance Star: “He [Kaine] said his proposals would make it easier for businesses, especially small or new ones, to expand, improve education systems to help ‘reverse our decline in the talent race’, and balance budget cuts with other measures.”
 
The Hill: “’I'm here with my friend Tim Kaine because while we've made great progress in Virginia, we need to see the same kind of progress at the national level,’ Warner said at the beginning of his speech.”
 
Washington Post: “The three-pronged plan includes reforming education; investing in infrastructure, such as roads and airports; and a combination of cuts and spending to help close the federal deficit and pay down the national debt.”
 
Associated Press: “Examples of infrastructure projects Kaine said the federal government should support are the expansion of Craney Island in Hampton Roads as a major maritime terminal, and the project to extend the Washington, D.C., region’s metro transit rail to Dulles International Airport.”
 
Washington Post: “In his discussions Wednesday, Kaine frequently referred to his four-year tenure as governor from 2006 to 2010, saying he wants to take those “Virginia lessons” to Washington.”
 
Roanoke Times: “Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine has begun a road show to promote an economic plan that he is touting as a blueprint for accelerating growth, developing a more competitive workforce, and getting the federal budget under control.”
 
Washington Post: “Kaine was joined Wednesday by U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D), his former law school classmate and predecessor in the governor’s mansion. The two spoke about increasing exports at the Port of Virginia while in Norfolk, small-business growth while in Northern Virginia and investments in education while at a school in Richmond.”
 
Free Lance Star: “Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine is promising to close tax loopholes along with decreasing tax rates, expand small business’ access to capital and close loopholes that let products not made in the U.S. bear a label saying they are.”
 
Washington Post: “Kaine, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said his economic agenda stems from discussions he had at about 20 round tables with business leaders across the state. It includes increasing access to capital, changing the tax code, closing tax loopholes and allowing tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans to expire.”
 
Washington Post: “In Richmond, Kaine spoke to about 25 students and teachers at the small library at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School for Government and International Studies, where two of his three children graduated. As mayor, he used tax credits to renovate a run-down building into the state-of-the-art school.”
 
Washington Post: “Mr. Kaine and Sen. Mark R. Warner barnstormed the state Wednesday, making stops in Norfolk, Northern Virginia and Richmond. Mr. Kaine served as lieutenant governor while Mr. Warner was governor from 2002 to 2006 and succeeded him in office from 2006 to 2010.”
 
Free Lance Star: “Kaine said he would ease regulations so that community banks could lend more to small businesses, which still face barriers in accessing capital.”
 
Associated Press: “The first thing is something I heard in every last roundtable I did, and that is to ease access to capital, lending access, particularly to small business,’ Kaine said.”
 
Roanoke Times: “The former governor this morning released his 20-page plan and launched a campaign swing with U.S. Sen. Mark Warner that includes stops in Hampton Roads, Northern Virginia and Richmond.” 

Washington Post: “At the Arlington headquarters of Opower, a company that helps utility customers save energy by giving them more-detailed bills, Kaine laid out his economic plan to an audience of Northern Virginia business leaders.”
 
Washington Post: “Kaine said his plan had a “much heavier focus on the talent piece. I believe that’s a key plank. You’ll see us focus on things like R&D and trade, which really aren’t there” in Allen’s plan,’ he said.”   Daily Progress: "The two Democrats attended an economic roundtable earlier in the day at the local office of the Virginia Workforce Center, where Kaine described his plan as 'Virginia-based' and 'forward-focused.'"

Daily Progress: "The growth aspect of the plan focuses on infrastructure spending and access to capital, Kaine said, while the talent aspect is centered on fostering and attracting a skilled workforce. The balance aspect includes level politics, in which elected officials work together despite party affiliation, Kaine said."

Fairfax Times: "Kaine met with Northern Virginia business leaders in Arlington Wednesday, along with U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), to unveil his economic agenda for the campaign."


Fairfax Times: "The release of Kaine’s formal plan follows about 20 roundtable discussions he held with small business leaders around the state. He advocates investments in infrastructure and clean energy to help spur job growth, improving education and more balance in both the federal budget and congressional politics."

Fairfax Times: "He said the United States is slipping in terms of educational attainment, particularly in science and technology fields. To build the talent pool, Kaine said, there needs to be more career and technical education, better pre-kindergarten options, improved college affordability and immigration reform that allows more international students to remain here to work after college, in some circumstances."

Roanoke Times: "The former governor was in Roanoke today visiting with researchers from the institute and local business leaders in a closed meeting. The stop was part of a statewide tour to promote his economic plan, which he released yesterday."

Bristol Herald Courier: "The plan also includes a greater emphasis on education – including career and technical training, expanding access to college and revising the No Child Left Behind standard – and achieving a balanced federal budget by reduced spending, eliminating the Bush tax cuts, cutting subsidies to large companies and changing the tax code."

WDBJ: "Kaine said balancing the federal budget will require smart spending cuts and additional revenues. 'You have to look at every part of government and make cuts,' Kaine said. 'I did that as Governor and so did Mark Warner when he was Governor, but you can’t close it just through cuts. If you just cut you will hurt important priorities like research, like education, like infrastructure. You have to be making investments aswell.'"

News Virginian:  “Kaine has put the agenda together after spending the past several months holding 20 roundtable discussions with business leaders across the state.”

Staunton News Leader:   "Virginia's two most recent former governors stopped in Staunton for milk shakes Thursday between tours of manufacturing and research centers. They were pitching Timothy Kaine's economic plan in his bid for the U.S. Senate."

Staunton News Leader:  "The senate candidate's platform for job creation includes easing regulations on community banks to get access to capital and simplifying the tax code to make American businesses more competitive."


Staunton News Leader:  "Inside Wright's, the former governor and Richmond mayor said he's been pitching his ideas to improve the country's standing in the 'talent race' and take to Washington successes from Virginia government. 'We're talking about the economy and the way to make the economy stronger by learning some Virginia lessons,' Kaine said."

Staunton News Leader:  "His job-creation platform includes public-private partnerships to finance transportation projects and expanding domestic energy production while ending subsidies for inefficient fuels such as corn-based ethanol."

News Virginian: "Kaine has spent this week detailing his newly unveiled economic strategy for the country. It’s an agenda that focuses on growing jobs, producing a strong American workforce and streamlining federal spending. Kaine has put the agenda together after spending the past several months holding 20 roundtable discussions with business leaders across the state."

News Virginian: "Also as part of growing the economy, Kaine said he wants to ease the access to loans to allow businesses to either start or expand...Kaine also wants to follow Warner’s lead, and work in a bipartisan fashion if elected to the U.S. Senate."

Sun Gazette:  "Fostering business growth, encouraging talent and balancing  governmental budgets and policies are key steps toward shoring up the nation’s economy, former Virginia Gov. and U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine said at an April 4 briefing of area business leaders."

Sun Gazette: "Jim Corcoran, president and CEO of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, said Kaine’s jobs plan had valuable elements. 'I think the senator and the governor did a great job of laying out the true picture of what’s going on with businesses, both nationally and here in Northern Virginia.'"

Roanoke Times: "Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine on Thursday called the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute a prime example of how government spending can spur economic growth. 'If you just cut, you will hurt important priorities like research, like education, like infrastructure,' Kaine said, speaking briefly to reporters after a closed meeting with researchers from the institute and local business leaders."



WHSV:
 "The former governor is campaigning for the senate and he said, if elected, he wants to unify the government. 'If you ask Virginians what most needs to be fixed in Washington, before they say budgets, taxes, jobs, before they say anything about issues, they say we need to find people who know how to work together,' said Kaine."

 
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