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
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Ron Kind voted for the bipartisan Delivering for America Act amid concerns that organizational and operational changes at the United States Postal Service (USPS) have resulted in mail delays across the country, including for seniors, veterans, and rural communities.
La Crosse, WI – Today at a campaign rally in Ohio, President Trump announced he would be renewing section 232 tariffs on imports of Canadian aluminum. Previous section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum were dropped in May of 2019 as part of the USMCA agreement. The USMCA agreement went into force on July 1, 2020.
Over 50% of United States aluminum is imported from Canada, while over half of the beer produced in America annually is packaged in aluminum cans or bottles.
La Crosse, WI— Today, Rep. Ron Kind sent a letter to Senate leadership urging an extension of federal unemployment assistance to provide a lifeline to Wisconsin workers affected by the Verso Corporation paper mill closure. Hundreds of Verso employees in Wisconsin Rapids have been left facing unemployment as the plant idles, and many jobs were lost right as federal supplementary unemployment benefits expired.
Washington, DC —Today, Rep. Ron Kind announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce allocated over $4.6 million to support revitalization and address the needs of small business owners and entrepreneurs affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in Wisconsin's Third Congressional District. These investment awards were funded through the CARES Act, which provided $1.5 billion for economic development assistance programs to help communities prepare for and respond to the pandemic. Rep.
La Crosse, WI—Today, Rep. Ron Kind sent a letter to Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza and Department of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin calling for the agencies to clarify serious reporting inaccuracies regarding the number of jobs supported by the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which was created under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
La Crosse, WI—Today, Rep. Ron Kind announced his support for bipartisan legislation that would designate July 10 as Journeyman Lineworker Recognition Day in honor of the essential electrical workers who keep our communities running. Journeyman lineworkers are too often a forgotten part of our infrastructure, and risk perilous heights and energized electrical lines to ensure reliable access to electricity. These brave essential workers show up every day to keep our communities safe, including during major national and regional disasters.
La Crosse, WI —Last week, Rep. Ron Kind joined 48 of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle in urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide immediate relief to rural health care providers affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Washington, DC—Today, Rep. Ron Kind released the following statement on the implementation of the United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA):
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.