Wisconsin is at a crossroads. Where will we be 20 years from now, in terms of our quality of life, cost of living, and ability to compete with other states? The decisions we're making now will have a tremendous impact on our long term future. We need to address our structural fiscal challenges, and make sound investment decisions that reflect the entire state's interests, not just southern WI. The incumbent has tried to dismantled the principles and institutions that came out of the Progressive Republican movement. Other states like MN are outperforming WI on key measures.
This is a transformative time for Republicans. I don't believe the incumbent's extreme Libertarian agenda reflects the interests of most Republicans, nor will he be able to hold back the Democrats vying to become our next Governor. Given our $22B debt, I also don't think a commitment to deficit spending and to serving only the ultra wealthy reflects our Party's long-time values and beliefs. The Republican way is to always be fiscally responsible. Our state has an extremely diverse economy with multiple growth sectors. We urgently need an experienced business development leader at the helm.
The business of government is to serve the people with fiscally sound practices, and it requires a strong CEO. I'll lead WI government back to providing the most people with the greatest opportunities. The Republican Progressives wrested control away from a corporatocracy and championed social justice, jobs, equality and the Wisconsin Idea. That's our heritage and I find it inspiring. WI is in a unique position to determine the future of Republicanism. Let's move on from this narrow Republican faction worldview and make history together!
The incumbent's extreme agenda is not working. Pitting upstate interests and perceptions against SE WI has been divisive. Jobs and the economy are only strong in some areas. Government negativity has impeded the development of the promising I94 tech sector. WI is in last place in startup capital investments. We need all of our economic sectors to grow if WI will be able to continually invest in our human capital and infrastructure -- throughout Wisconsin.
I'll lead government and industry to set ambitious goals that we'll have to all work together to accomplish. For example, our K12 outcomes should be top quartile nationally. To do that we'll need to support our educators with sufficient funding, and stop fighting over governance. WI has the unique opportunity to become the Midwest technology leader. While we're at it, let's help Milwaukee become the renaissance city of the upper Midwest that it has always had the potential to become.
In order to improve our outcomes and compete with the best, we need to run Wisconsin like one of our nationally successful sports teams for which we have high standards and expectations. Just image if the Packers were in last place every year. That wouldn't be acceptable! So why is mediocrity in our educational outcomes and fiscal management and our last place standing in startup job creation OK? These are obvious areas for improvement. Our successful teams have coaches who instill teamwork, focus on outcomes and set ambitious goals. Sometimes it's that simple.
It's not about me! It's about the next generation of Americans who live here in our uniquely diverse state.
I find the ideals of our country inspiring. Let's steward the Great American Experiment together.