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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.

Job Growth

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

September 15, 2021 Press Release

La Crosse, WI – Today, Rep. Ron Kind voted to pass provisions of the Build Back Better Act through the Ways and Means Committee that make landmark progress in lowering health care costs, creating jobs, boosting our economy, and supporting working families across Wisconsin.

July 23, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC — Today, Rep. Ron Kind announced that the La Crosse Center was approved for a Shuttered Venue Operators Grant. This funding was made possible through the December COVID-19 relief package and the American Rescue Plan, and will help ensure the La Crosse Center can recover from the economic damages caused by COVID-19.     

June 24, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC –Today, Reps. Ron Kind (D-WI) and Jason Smith (R-MO) introduced the bipartisan Promotion and Expansion of Private Employee Ownership Act to encourage the formation of employee-owned businesses through S Corporation Employee Stock Ownership Plans (S-ESOPs).     

June 23, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Ron Kind voted for the bipartisan Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act, which would make it easier for employees to prove when they are the victim of age discrimination in the workplace.  

May 25, 2021 Press Release

La Crosse, WI—Today, Rep. Ron Kind released the following statement after United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai announced that the United States will take enforcement action to ensure Canada meets its commitments under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA):   

May 12, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Ron Kind announced that the Emergency Broadband Benefit, a new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program, is now open for enrollment. The temporary benefit will help to lower the cost of broadband service for eligible households during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.   

May 7, 2021 Press Release

La Crosse, WI – Today, Rep. Ron Kind is highlighting key funding priorities for fiscal year 2022. Each year, Congress considers several appropriations measures which provide funding for government operations and other activities. The appropriations cycle starts with the President’s budget proposal, and appropriations measures are typically debated and voted on through the spring and summer.    

May 6, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Yesterday, Rep. Ron Kind voted to pass H.R. 2954, the Securing a Strong Retirement Act of 2021, out of the Ways and Means Committee.

May 5, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Reps. Ron Kind (D-WI), Darin LaHood (R-IL)Jim Costa (D-CA), and Dusty Johnson (R-SD) led over 70 Members of Congress in a letter urging United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai to press Vietnam to eliminate tariffs on U.S. pork, improving market access for domestic pork producers.