In the 1990s, it seemed like there were more positions available than employees to fill them. Times have changed significantly since then.
As I walk through neighborhood after neighborhood, I see signs indicating that a particular store has closed or is going out of business soon. I see young people moving back in with their parents. And I see so many hard-working people in fear of their jobs, terrified of the next round of budget cuts, and worried about being laid off.
Our workforce cannot compete with other states or the rest of the world without a quality education. Workers lacking access to health care cannot perform their duties well if they are unhealthy. Public sector services that promote our community’s prosperity cannot function without adequate funding. Workers left out of the job market for too long see their skills wither when there are no jobs in which to employ them.
Overseas our competitors are investing heavily in green energy technology, biotech, education and health care. We cannot compete with that if Rob McKenna slashes funding for basic services, education and technological development.
Jay Inslee will promote and expand our state’s capacity to thrive, and pull us out of this recession. Tacoma cannot grow and prosper unless Tacomans are put back to work developing our city’s infrastructure so it can be ready to handle to innovative technologies. Inslee knows that Tacoma needs to educate its work force and ensure that its graduates have jobs to go to once they graduate.