Jobs Team: A Plan for Arizona’s Future
Northern Arizona needs a sustainable economy. For too long, we have seen the economic boom/bust cycle repeat itself. In addition, the State Legislature has been focusing on partisan issues, and has been dismantling the very infrastructure needed to create a sustainable future. The implementation of our five point plan will put Northern Arizona on a path of economic security and prosperity.
1 – Keep Our Tax Dollars in Arizona to Support Arizona Jobs.
2 – Northern Arizona Regional Tourism Initiative.
Northern Arizona is a worldwide tourist destination, with our public lands and National Parks contributing significantly to the $16 Billion annually which tourism adds to the State’s economy. In addition, tourism development supports countless small businesses and provides the most immediate and direct benefit to our rural Northern Arizona economies. The Jobs Team proposes a regional public/private partnership with Chambers of Commerce, Tourism Businesses, Visitors and Convention Bureaus, Counties, Cities and the State’s Office of Tourism, to concentrate resources on regional marketing and tourism development efforts.
3 – Education and Jobs Training.
Education is vital to a strong Arizona economy. A quality educational system, together with good jobs training programs will attract leading edge companies and greater job opportunity. We must reverse the State Legislature’s devastating $2 Billion in cuts to education that have left us last in the nation. Arizona’s children are smart and ready to succeed if we can restore necessary teachers and reduce class sizes. Because of this, the Jobs Team proposes:
- K-12 – Stop cutting school funding and prioritize the hiring of quality teachers and the reduction of class sizes.
- Community Colleges – Expand job training and business partnerships at our Community Colleges. Work toward keeping tuition costs affordable.
- Arizona Universities – Promote innovation and excellence, and actively support the establishment of a university campus in Payson.
4 – Clean Energy Independence.
While Arizona will continue to use a broad range of energy sources, we have been blessed with a never ending supply of sun and wind. The Jobs Team will prioritize moving us toward energy independence, creating Arizona jobs which can’t be outsourced, and boosting our potential for economic investment. Arizona should be the Saudi Arabia of solar and wind power generation, insulating us from the influence of fossil fuel price fluctuations and contributing to our national security by reducing our dependence on foreign oil.
5 – Expand Four Forest Initiative.
The Four Forest Restoration Initiative is a partnership between the National Forest Service and private industry to restore the Kaibab, Coconino, Tonto and Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. Among other things, it does this through forest thinning and restoration efforts to reduce fire danger and restore the natural state of the forests. It will create jobs in timber harvesting and wood product manufacturing. The Jobs Team supports this important initiative to specifically strengthen Northern Arizona.