Former Gov. and Sen. George Allen Addresses NVTC Board
Former Gov. and Sen. George Allen joined the NVTC Board of Directors on Tuesday, May 8, at LMI in McLean for a discussion of his campaign for U.S. Senate. During the meeting, Allen outlined his priorities and explained how his experience as governor of Virginia and his previous service in the Senate make him well-suited for another term in the Senate. Allen shared that Virginia and the United States need to recognize that we are in competition with the rest of the world and must reinvigorate the entrepreneurial spirit of the nation.
|NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg, Former Gov. and Sen. George Allen, NVTC Chair Brad Antle of Salient Federal Solutions and NVTC Vice Chair Jim Sheaffer of CSC at the May 8 meeting.|
If elected to the Senate, Allen said he would focus on tax reform and simplifying the tax code, changes he believes will communicate that America is open for business. He also discussed regulatory reform, asserting there should be an economic impact analysis for regulations. Allen also stated one of his primary efforts as senator would be increasing America’s energy resources, which would spur an industrial renaissance, including creating new jobs and increasing productivity. In particular, he would allow states like Virginia to produce oil and gas off-shore. In Virginia’s case, royalties from off-shore energy production could be used to fund roads and transportation improvements in the Commonwealth. Allen also would focus on education, stating that “a skilled, capable workforce is essential” to making America “the world capital of innovation.” In order to be a magnet for the best students in the world, he believes we should attach a green card to the diplomas of students who graduate from institutions of higher education with scientific and technical degrees.
The meeting ended with a question and answer session, in which Allen addressed last year’s debt ceiling debate, energy, education and tax reform. He concluded by asserting that what’s good for NVTC and its members is good for the Commonwealth and the country.
Democratic Senate candidate and former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine addressed the NVTC Board of Directors at its meeting on March 13.