By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Thursday, June 29, 2017, The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) had a lengthy interview with Jefferson County Commissioner David Carrington (R) who is running for the Republican nomination for Governor of Alabama in next June’s major party primaries.
APR: A recent CNBC ranking of the states rated Alabama as the number 46 economy. What could you do as Governor to improve that?
Carrington: “One of the issues that needs even more focus going forward is workforce development; it could become our state’s competitive advantage. For example, Alabama has more than a half million working age adults who don’t have a high school degree. Manufacturing employers have told me that they want workers who: one, have a high school degree; two, show up for work on time; and three, can pass a drug test. Not a very high bar, but half a million working age Alabamians without a high school degree don’t qualify for these higher paying jobs. As a result, the state has too many working age adults in minimum wage jobs, preventing many of our young people from getting needed work experiences. This and other structural deficiencies, like economic development in rural areas, are solvable problems that don’t require any new taxes. My goal is to embark on a path to move Alabama’s median family income from the bottom 10% to the top 50% in the next ten years.”