Hutchinson outlines his PREPARE plan in a press conference on Tuesday. He says it "relies on improved efficiency and consolidation of our state’s workforce training; the engagement of industry, educators and economic developers through “Workforce Education Councils”; and providing students with an additional career path that leads to a good paying skilled job."
Hutchinson says he hopes to move forward with the plan quickly if elected.
Gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross says he takes issue with Hutchinson's workforce education proposal. A statement from his office released Wednesday reads, in part, “It's ironic that after a career in Washington voting and lobbying against Arkansas's working families, Congressman Hutchinson has finally tried to own up to the problems he helped create."
Ross' campaign goes on to say Hutchinson "voted for trade policies that shipped our jobs overseas and lobbied for big corporations that outsourced good-paying jobs to countries like India and the Philippines."
Hutchinson noted that Arkansas already has several programs designed to improve the skills of the state’s workforce but argued that there was too much overlap and not enough coordination between the state’s programs.
Review Hutchinson’s full policy proposal on his website.