JOBS, AND the need to create more of them, are the single biggest challenge Alabama faces right now. More jobs would mean more tax revenue for public education and all of the other services that have been badly cut in the past couple of years.

Highlights of the Republican jobs agenda, announced last week, include improvements in large-scale industrial recruiting, workforce training and small business development.

These changes and others on the GOP jobs agenda will make Alabama more competitive with other states in business recruiting and development, and quicker to react in offering job retraining and tax incentives when the stakes are high.

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