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Griffin Honored to Participate in Arkansas Press Association Lieutenant Governor Debate

Says, ‘I will be an advocate for permanent policies that help Arkansas grow jobs and compete’

LITTLE ROCK – Second District Congressman Tim Griffin, candidate for Lieutenant Governor, today participated in the Arkansas Press Association Lieutenant Governor Debate via Skype. Following the debate, Griffin released the following statement:

“I appreciate the opportunity to participate in today’s debate via Skype. Unfortunately, I was not able to participate the entire time due to votes called in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“I want to be an advocate for permanent policies that help Arkansas grow jobs and compete with other states. This election provides a clear choice, the choice between common sense ideas that will help Arkansas grow jobs and compete or President Obama’s preferred candidate for lieutenant governor.

“I have some specific ideas to grow more jobs in Arkansas. While I am all for providing incentives to attract jobs, I believe the only way to increase job growth significantly and compete with other states for jobs is to change our permanent laws and policies in a number of areas. Here are a few:

  • The tax burden on Arkansas families and businesses is too great, especially compared to other states. We must enact bold tax reform to help us compete and grow jobs.
  • We must demand a top-to-bottom review of each and every state agency,its mission, its structure, its budget and its regulations to determine what it does well, what it does poorly and how it can do a better job of working for and with Arkansans.
  • We must not tell young Arkansans that the only path of excellence in high school is the pre-college route and lump everyone else in the “other” category. I went to college and believe in college, but not everyone wants to go to a four-year college or university. We need to develop an alternative path of excellence that educates and trains highly skilled workers, starting in junior high school and continuing in a two-year college or technical school. Some communities are already filling this void, but this must be done in a statewide coordinated effort. This will help attract more jobs, especially in industries that can’t find the workers they need.”

About Congressman Tim Griffin

Congressman Tim Griffin was re-elected as the 24th representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District on November 6, 2012. For the 113th Congress, he is a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means while also serving as an Assistant Whip for the majority. In the 112th Congress, he served as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on the Judiciary.

Griffin is a graduate of Magnolia High School, Hendrix College in Conway and Tulane Law School in New Orleans, and attended graduate school at Oxford University. He has served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 17 years, was deployed to Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He also served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs for President George W. Bush. Griffin lives in Little Rock with his wife Elizabeth, a Camden native, and their two children.

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