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, Rep. Ron Kind is reminding farmers and agricultural producers that they are still able to apply for a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), including up to a $10,000 grant that does not need to be repaid. Due to funding through the Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act, the SBA is now accepting new EIDL applications in order to assist agricultural businesses.
La Crosse, WI —Last week, Rep. Ron Kind (WI-03) joined Reps. Mark Pocan (WI-02) and Gwen Moore (WI-04) in introducing the bipartisan Farmer’s Milk in Low-Income Kitchens (MILK) Act, which would expand the existing U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Milk Donation program to help get milk into the hands of the food insecure. The bill authorizes the USDA to act as a matchmaker between dairy producers with excess milk with food banks that can distribute that milk to those in need.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Ron Kind voted for the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, which passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan support. This bill ensures state and local governments have the resources they need to continue to manage the health and economic consequences of COVID-19.
La Crosse, WI – Today, Reps. Ron Kind (D-WI) and Jackie Walorski (R-IN) introduced legislation to ensure college students and adult dependents are eligible to receive federal relief funding in the form of direct payments. Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, most families will receive an economic stimulus payment of $1,200 per adult and $500 per child.
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Washington, DC—Today, Rep. Ron Kind voted in support of the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, which replenishes the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for small businesses and provides more funding for hospitals, health care workers, and testing. The legislation passed through the House of Representatives with broad bipartisan support.
La Crosse, WI—Today, Rep. Ron Kind introduced his Family Farm Rescue Plan, which focuses on five concrete steps that the Administration can immediately take to support family farmers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
La Crosse, WI— Today, Rep. Ron Kind sent a letter to Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, urging him to provide transparency during the rollout of the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and ensure rural communities across Wisconsin have access to the economic support they need during this pandemic.
La Crosse, WI—Today, Reps. Ron Kind (D-WI) and Mike Kelly (R-PA) sent a letter to Department of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Internal Revenue Service Commissioner (IRS) Charles Rettig demanding that veterans receiving pension benefits automatically be eligible to receive the individual rebate included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Guidance issued by the IRS last week has created unnecessary obstacles for hundreds of thousands of veterans who do not have to file annual taxes.
La Crosse, WI— Today, Reps. Ron Kind and Mike Gallagher sent a bipartisan letter to Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin and Small Business Administrator Jovita Carranza urging them to provide clear and direct guidance for dairy farmers accessing the new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that was included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed late last month.