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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Rep. Ron Kind’s Statement on the Trump Administration’s Commitment to Lift Steel and Aluminum Tariffs on Canada and Mexico
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s announcement of their intent to lift Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada and Mexico:
Rep. Ron Kind Selected for House Task Force on Rural Broadband Expansion
Task Force aims to end rural-digital divide by 2025
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind announced his selection as a member of the new House of Representatives Task Force on Rural Broadband. The Rural Broadband Task Force will work to create new legislation to expand rural broadband access in order to end the rural-digital divide by 2025.
Rep. Ron Kind’s Statement on Trump Administration’s Reckless Tariff Increases
WASHINGTON – Today, the Trump Administration announced tariff increases – from 10% to 25% - on $200 billion worth of Chinese exports, escalating the U.S.-China Trade War. China, the world’s second largest economy, has vowed to further retaliate against the President’s unilateral trade policies. Rep. Ron Kind released the following statement:
Reps. Ron Kind and Mike Kelly Introduce Bill to Add Transparency to Opportunity Zones Program
Rep. Ron Kind Joins Farmers in Rallying for Wisconsin’s Rural Economy
Bangor, Wisc. – Yesterday, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind joined Farmers for Free Trade, an advocacy nonprofit promoting the benefits of trade for American exporters, and Wisconsin farmers for a rally in Bangor, Wisconsin. The rally was included as a stop in Farmers for Free Trade’s cross-country “Motorcade for Trade” RV tour.
Rep. Ron Kind Introduces Bipartisan Legislation Encouraging Creation of Employee-Owned Businesses and Expanding Retirement Savings Options
La Crosse – Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind introduced the bipartisan Promotion and Expansion of Private Employee Ownership Act, which will encourage the formation of employee-owned businesses and promote retirement savings through S Corporation Employee Stock Ownership Plans (S-ESOPs). The bill was introduced with Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO).
Rep. Ron Kind Calls on USDA Secretary Perdue to Protect Access to Mexican Market for Wisconsin Farmers
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Rep. Ron Kind’s Landmark Bipartisan Retirement Legislation Passes Ways and Means Committee
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Rep. Ron Kind Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Establish a Section 301 Exclusion Process for Tariffs
Comes after Amb. Lighthizer failed to establish process through the USTR office, despite requests from Congress