October 14th, 2010
09:34 PM ET

Virginia's 'jobs creation officer' boasts progress

When Bob McDonnell was sworn in as governor of Virginia in January, the Republican promised to focus on jobs, and he quickly named Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling the state's "chief jobs creation officer."

Eight months later, Virginia's 7 percent unemployment rate is well below the national average of 9.6 percent, and the state boasts that it has added more than 71,500 jobs since the start of the year.

"What we've tried to do in Virginia is make sure that we have the most business-friendly environment in the country," Bolling said.

Virginia's policies, which the Republican lieutenant governor identified as "pro-business," include "low and competitive tax rates" and "favorable regulatory structure." Virginia also is a right-to-work state, which keeps union membership among the workforce at about 4 percent.

"If we really want to get the national economy moving again," Washington needs to embrace pro-business policies, Bolling said.

Bolling, the son of a coal miner, said that dozens of business executives he's met with this year have complained about federal mandates, including the recently passed health care reform bill and environmental regulations. He said the executives also noted that tax and spending policies and potential energy legislation have created uncertainty.

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  1. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    they block the word pi.s.s.s.

    October 14, 2010 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sherri W.W.

    SO MR.BOLLING SAYS*Dozens of heads of companies have complained to him*~about Federal Regulations~about the Healthcare Bill~about Taxes~about Energy legislation~about Environmental policy~YEAH I BET THEY HAVE!~because all those things cut down on even MORE Profit for all of them!~WHAT ARE WE SUPPOSED TO DO?~Are we supposed to NOT HAVE ANY:Regulations of ANYTHING~any Health Ins~any Clean Energy~no Protections for our Environment~and No taxes to support our country with?~Just How do they think ALL THAT WILL WORK OUT FOR EVERBODY?~Thats RIGHT~it WONT! NOT FOR LONG AT ALL!

    October 15, 2010 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. john

    Interesting article.... news7dailyreport.info/News7daily-Storyid=43work-at-home-mom-d40fl.html I'm thinking about trying it myself...

    October 15, 2010 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
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