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. Sherri W.W.

    it is nice if Virginia is addind some jobs~and I believe

    October 14, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mehdi General Dr Bad

      i know you pigs never have any real news so i wil throw you a bone.

      October 14, 2010 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mehdi General Dr Bad

      Mehdi General Dr Bad

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      October 14, 2010 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |

      October 14, 2010 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mehdi General Dr Bad

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      October 14, 2010 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sherri W.W.

    that all states will start adding jobs just as the natural course of events,following an economic downturn like we had.~However,I think I wiil scream if I hear even one more person use the "jobs"business,to try an blame President Obama for the unemployment rate!~if He had not come in when he did,and took the steps needed,to stop the financial downward freefall~its real likely we would be seeing 20%+ unemployment now!~and Pres.O is no more anti~business than one of my beautiful little puppies!~That`s complete NONSENSE~just like ever OTHER excuse these extreme/and /or~Big Business people are puting out for their "excuses"of "uncertinty"for why they just "cant POSSIBLY lend money/expand/hire more folks~whatever!~NO~the REAL REASON they "cant" do all these things~even with their TREMENDOUS PROFITS THIS YEAR~is beacause THEN THEY COULDN`t make PreS.O LOOK bad~and maybe get their more "accomodating"BUDDIES` IN OFFICE who will help them make even MORE MONEY~while the REST OF US GO WITHOUT!~Oh~what fools they [Repubs/Tea P/Big >usiness are making of us all!!!

    October 14, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Specs

      And were you informed that Defense Secretary Gates recently pulled Joint Forces Command...based in the Hampton Roads Area...at random. That 'stint' costs roughly 10,000 jobs...the kind of jobs that ensure our military is well focused and well informed of our enemies overseas.

      President Obama may not be responsible for 'making jobs', but he's responsible for setting the atmosphere

      October 15, 2010 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. stick dog

    I concur with Sherri

    October 14, 2010 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mehdi General Dr Bad

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    October 14, 2010 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
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    October 14, 2010 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
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    October 14, 2010 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
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    October 14, 2010 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
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    October 14, 2010 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
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    Mehdi General Dr Bad

    NOw where the fuk is MY M.I.A army Nurse?

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  14. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    HOw many MORE of YOU do I need to kill before YOU care?

    October 14, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mehdi General Dr Bad

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    October 14, 2010 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mehdi General Dr Bad

      right now little general pis..sbetrayus is meetingwith the Br/its.
      im wating to see the out come of that meeting now.

      October 14, 2010 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
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