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 Invent and Manufacture in America Act, which will increase the Research & Development Tax Credit Wisconsin manufacturers receive to innovate and create more jobs.
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, along with Senators Tim Scott (R-SC), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH), introduced the Investing in Opportunity Act of 2017, a bipartisan bill that creates an incentive for entrepreneurs and businesses to invest in communities, like many across Wisconsin, that have been left behind in the economic recovery.
Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind introduced the bipartisan Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act to help Wisconsin brewers continue to grow and create jobs. Wisconsin brewers have an economic impact of close to $1 billion on the western and central Wisconsin economy and support almost 8,000 jobs.
President Trump signed an Executive Order withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement between the US and eleven other nations. Below is U.S. Rep. Ron Kind’s statement:
“I have had many conversations with Wisconsin farmers over the past few months, and they are deeply concerned that by leaving TPP they will not have access to markets to sell their products in, which will cost us jobs in Wisconsin.
Today, the Obama Administration announced that they launched a new trade enforcement action against the People’s Republic of China at the World Trade Organization (WTO) concerning China’s export duties on nine different raw materials. The export duties China imposes provide substantial competitive advantages for Chinese manufacturers and make it more expensive for U.S. manufacturers that rely on these raw materials to produce their goods.
La Crosse, WI – Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (WI-3) sent a letter to House Leadership requesting that in light of the Senate’s passage of the Railroad Emergency Services Preparedness, Operational Needs, and Safety Evaluation (RESPONSE) Act the House take action to bring the bill to the floor for a vote. Rep. Kind worked with Sen. Heitkamp to introduce the legislation, which helps first responders deal with the negative impacts of a train derailment or fuel spill.