Jobs and the Economy
Economic conditions in western and central Wisconsin and across the country are slowly improving. But we still have work to do. While there may be disagreements about how we address it, there is overwhelming consensus that we must do something. I will continue to work to foster an environment that creates good paying jobs, gets Wisconsinites back to work, and keeps our economy growing.
Getting the economy back on track and creating good paying jobs here in Wisconsin is my priority. I am advocating for policies that will create and save jobs, invest in stabilizing state and local economies, and provide help to the unemployed.
We need to invest in our greatest resource – our workers – so that we can remain the most innovative and creative nation in the world. I support investing in workforce training, education, infrastructure and basic research and development to ensure our workforce is ready to compete in the 21st century economy.
American Made: Ensuring a Strong Economy
We must build, construct, and grow manufacturing in Wisconsin and across America in order to ensure a strong American economy.
That's why I've put together a plan to help us do just that. By capitalizing on existing American strengths – a well educated and well trained labor force, innovation, and competitive spirit; by supporting the transformation and growth of America’s manufacturers to move into the markets of the future; and by coordinating with federal, state, and local governments and private institutions, we can ensure America’s economic success. Read the summary here.
Helping Rural Business Prosper
I authored the Rural Microbusiness Investment Credit togenerate investment in both start up and expanding rural microbusinesses by providing a 35% federal tax incentive to entrepreneurs who invest in their businesses. This is importantl for businesses in the midst of recession that need assistance in making critical investments. The credit is specifically targeted to entrepreneurs who are operating businesses in economically distressed rural areas where access to capital has always been a challenge and is even more difficult with the recent decline in bank lending to small businesses.
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More on Jobs and the Economy
La Crosse, WI—Today, the House of Representatives voted to pass a $2 trillion economic stimulus package to help Wisconsin’s workers, families, businesses, and health care system survive the economic impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The package includes funding:
- For fighting COVID-19: $200 billion investment in hospitals, health systems, and health research, and $150 billion for state and local governments in this agreement, to give them the resources they desperately need during this emergency.
Washington, DC—Today, House Committee on Ways and Means members Reps. Ron Kind, Suzan DelBene, and Terri Sewell sent a letter to United States Trade Representative (USTR) Ambassador Robert Lighthizer and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross urging expedited processing of tariff exclusion requests and if warranted temporary suspension of tariffs on certain goods.
Washington, DC—Moments ago, Rep. Ron Kind voted to pass the bipartisan Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which establishes paid leave, provides free coronavirus testing, protects frontline health workers, distributes additional funding to states for the ongoing economic consequences of the pandemic, and other actions. Included in the package is Rep.
Washington, D.C.- Reps. Ron Kind (WI-03), Chris Pappas (NH-01), and Annie Kuster (NH-02) introduced the American Job Centers Family Accessibility Act, which will create a childcare program at American Job Centers across the country, easing American families’ ability to access their vast array of career and employment services.
Washington, DC— Rep. Ron Kind released the following statement after attending the President’s State of the Union address tonight:
“America is at its best when we work together, across party lines to get things done. I’m proud to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to make prescription drugs more affordable, lower health care costs, invest in our country’s infrastructure, and increase access to affordable, high-speed internet for rural areas.
Washington, DC—Rep. Ron Kind released the following statement after President Trump signing the United States Mexico Canada Agreement:
Washington, DC— In a Friday night news dump, the Administration seems to have finally admitted to what we have already known: that the tariffs aren’t working. The Trump Administration announced an increase in tariffs on derivative steel products by an additional 25 percent and derivative aluminum products by an additional 10 percent.
Washington, DC—Rep. Ron Kind released the following statement after the Senate passed the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA):
Washington, DC—Today, Rep. Ron Kind released the following statement after President Trump signed the first phase of a trade deal with China:
Washington, DC—Today, Rep. Ron Kind released the following statement after Speaker Pelosi announced that a deal has been reached with United States Trade Representative Ambassador Lighthizer: