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
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind introduced the bipartisan Exploring the Future of Work Act, to review the workforce challenges that an increase in automation and innovation present. The bill is a first step in helping make sure our workers are prepared and trained for the jobs innovation brings.
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind introduced the bipartisan Better Jobs for Veterans Act. The bill provides veterans and their spouses the training and opportunity they need to find good-paying jobs.
Today, the House voted to advance a bill that gives large tax cuts to powerful special interests at the expense of Wisconsin’s working families, family farmers, seniors, and veterans. Rep. Kind voted against the bill.
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind met with United States Trade Representative, Ambassador Robert Lighthizer to discuss the ongoing NAFTA renegotiation and the impact leaving the agreement would have on Wisconsin’s dairy industry.
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind unveiled a comprehensive protection plan developed with a River Advisory Council to address concerns and protect the Mississippi River for future generations.
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind’s Flood Insurance Market Parity passed the House. The bill would open up the flood insurance market and allow more private businesses to compete, lowering prices for consumers. Currently, the primary option for property owners needing to purchase flood insurance is the National Flood Insurance Program (NIFP), which can be costly.
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind joined a bipartisan group of House Ways and Means Committee members to discuss tax reform with President Trump. Below is his statement on the meeting:
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, local small business owners, and educators held a press conference at the CVTC Gateway Manufacturing Campus to highlight the importance of protecting the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership, which is currently at risk of losing funding. They will also discuss the need to provide opportunities for manufacturing education and partnerships in western and central Wisconsin.
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind applauded the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) disaster declaration for the state of Wisconsin. By taking this action the SBA will provide low-interest loans to help residents and businesses rebuild after July’s severe weather.
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind sent a letter to the Small Business Administration (SBA) urging them to provide low-interest loans to help Wisconsin residents and businesses rebuild after July’s severe weather. The loans would be offered to individuals and small businesses in La Crosse, Trempealeau, Buffalo, Eau Claire, Jackson, Monroe and Vernon counties