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Gary Herbert: I offer my fellow Utahns a track record of leadership that produces results and a vision to further solidify our state as the best place to live, work, play and raise a family. There are four cornerstones to keeping Utah strong and that's where my focus has been and will be. Education: An educated workforce is key to a prosperous economy. We have worked to increase accountability in the system, to make every dollar count by embracing innovation and our growing economy made it possible to increase education funding by $200 million last year. Utah is one the most educated states, per capita, in the nation. We must continue to foster a love of learning in order to ensure a bright future for our children. To reach our potential, I have set a goal of 66 percent of adults to have a college degree or post-graduate certificate by the year 2020. Jobs: We will promote public policies that lead to private sector job growth. When other states raised taxes to make ends meet during the economic downturn, we balanced the budget without increasing the tax burden. Our job growth allowed us to cut taxes this year. A strong economy is key to a high quality of life. I know government doesn't create jobs so I work to keep government off your back and out of your wallet. In that environment, businesses can grow, families can plan and we prosper as a state. Energy: We will ensure access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy by producing 25% more electrical energy than we consume by 2020. Self-determination: We will continue to cultivate Utah solutions for health care, public lands and immigration. I will remain committed to these guiding principles and goals throughout my second term so that Utah may continue to be an economic leader for the rest of the nation.

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