Fort Smith -- (KNWA) Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross has a plan to bring more jobs to the Natural State.

Ross visited Fort Smith Thursday to announce his "Jobs First" initiative. Ross says the plan is a comprehensive job creation and economic development plan.

The first part of Ross' plan is to strengthen public education and improve workforce training. He says he wants every Arkansas student to graduate ready to pursue college or a career so the workforce is well positioned for the jobs of the future.

Ross also wants to cut taxes for working families, small businesses and manufacturers so they can keep and invest more of their own money.

In addition to that, Ross hopes to cut red tape and reduce government regulations on job creators, particularly small businesses. He wants to foster entrepreneurship and innovation in Arkansas' economy, making it easier to start and grow a small business, as well as develop what he calls "work-ready communities" through public and private partnerships to attract good-paying jobs.

Click here to read the jobs plan. 

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