We need to build a strong economy that attracts new businesses to Alabama, allows existing Alabama businesses to expand and provides our workers jobs that pay a living wage—not just a minimum wage—and equal pay for equal work.
I have made it a priority to ensure that Alabama is ready to compete in a 21st century economy. To do that, we must provide the necessary tools for our young people to advance their careers, including quality schools, accessible secondary education, and vocational training programs that prepare students for careers in our 21st century economy.
I understand the unique challenges that Alabama businesses face, particularly when it comes to accessing high-speed internet than can help keep them competitive. That’s why I’ve made expanding broadband access in urban and rural areas a priority. And as a member of the Senate Banking Committee, I’ve worked on common-sense reforms that allow businesses to access the capital they need and reduce overreaching regulations that limit growth.
We need to protect Alabama businesses from unfair trade practices, understanding that Alabama has become an exporting state. Whether it is automobiles or farm products, access to foreign markets is vital because the customer bases for many Alabama businesses are overseas.
These policies will benefit all Alabamians and will help build a stronger economy that keeps our state competitive for decades to come.
If you have any questions about this issue, please contact my Washington, DC office at (202) 224-4124.