Pollina Corporate Study Reveals the Best Presidential Candidates for Job Creation are Sidelined

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Their respective parties need to stop encouraging candidates based on stage presence, fundraising capability, or loyalty to their party’s base, but rather on proven performance for their constituents, says author of study.

“The governors and former governors who have proven themselves in economic development and job creation must be encouraged to run,” Pollina reiterates. “We do not need more political rhetoric; we need proven leaders with plans that work.”

“Of today’s candidates for president, we have an incumbent as well as a mix of members of Congress, governors, and former governors. Unfortunately, President Obama fails to grasp the basic framework for creating new jobs as witnessed by his jobs plan. It is a typical Washington high-cost temporary fix,” says Dr. Ronald R. Pollina, author of the annual Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States Study for 2011 and recent book entitled Selling Out A Superpower: Where the U.S. Economy Went Wrong and How We Can Turn it Around (http://www.sellingoutasuperpower.com).

”With Congressional approval ratings of 9 - 16 percent, it takes a great deal of courage or ego for a member of Congress to claim they could lead the United States out of the greatest financial crises and period of unemployment since the Great Depression,” Pollina explains. “As a member of Congress, you need not wait until you run for president to introduce a jobs plan. A Congressional vision for job creation—and the leadership to implement it—simply has not been there.”

Pollina, a geoeconomist who has followed American economic development trends for more than 30 years, is one of only a handful of people in the country who has his pulse on job creation programs in all 50 states. For eight years, the annul Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States Study (http://www.pollina.com) has examined and ranked each state. The study is one of the best indicators of which states have the leadership for the development of successful job creation programs and is considered the Gold Standard” for such research.

It would be a mistake to expect a candidate from Congress to fix the nation’s jobs problem, explains Pollina. They simply do not have the track record. On the other hand, governors have had an opportunity to show voters how they can perform as a leader of a major governmental body and most important today, create jobs. A state economic development jobs plan and a national plan are somewhat different, but the principles are the same.

“A select group of governors has excelled with comprehensive jobs programs,” Pollina says. “Each governor on our Honor Roll has served at least three years and earned a Top 10 ranking. Governor Jindal is the lone exception, and we must acknowledge his success. Since taking office in 2008, Governor Jindal has pulled Louisiana from a rank of 40th up to 18th in 2011. No other state has ever moved up in rank this rapidly in the history of our study.”

The Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States Study Honor Roll for Economic Development and Job Creation include:

GOVERNORS & HIGHEST PRO-BUSINESS RANK

Mitch Daniels (R), Indiana, 2005-2011: 10th

Mike Easley (D), North Carolina, 2001-2009: 1st

Dave Heineman (R), Nebraska, 2005-2011: 5th

Jon Huntsman Jr. (R), Utah, 2005-2009: 2nd

Tim Kaine (D), Virginia, 2006-2010: 1st

Bob Riley (R), Alabama, 2003-2011: 4th

Kathleen Sebelius (D), Kansas, 2003-2009: 7th

Bobby Jindal (R), Louisiana, 2008-2011: 18th

With the exception of Governor Huntsman, none of the above governors or former governors has announced a run for president. Their respective parties need to stop encouraging candidates based on stage presence, fundraising capability, or loyalty to their party’s base, but rather on proven performance for their constituents. “Is it not time the voters are provided a selection of candidates that can get the job done? Their parties need to pull them off of the sidelines and put them in the race,” says Pollina.

According to the cumulative results of the Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business State Study, three declared candidates are currently serving as governor or held that office within the last eight years. Of these, only Governor Huntsman has proven himself under fire with an excellent record of performance.

DECLARED PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES & HIGHEST PRO-BUSINESS RANK

Jon Huntsman Jr. (R), Utah, 2005-2009: 2nd

Rick Perry (R), Texas, 2000-2011: 34th

Mitt Romney (R), Massachusetts, 2003-2007: 28th

“The governors and former governors who have proven themselves in economic development and job creation must be encouraged to run,” Pollina reiterates. “We do not need more political rhetoric; we need proven leaders with plans that work.”

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