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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

March 26, 2021 Press Release

La Crosse, WI – Today, Rep. Ron Kind announced that the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin has approved grants to help expand access to broadband in the towns of Menomonie and Red Cedar in Dunn County and Drammen in Eau Claire County. Rep. Kind sent letters in support of applications for this funding, which totals over $2.5 million.   

March 10, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC — Today, Rep. Ron Kind voted to pass the American Rescue Plan to provide long-awaited relief to Wisconsinites, help schools safely reopen, ramp up vaccine deployment, and get our economy back on track. The package now heads to the President’s desk for his signature.    

March 9, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC — Today, Rep. Ron Kind voted for the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. This legislation will protect workers’ right to join a union and bargain for safer working conditions, better benefits, and higher wages. The bill passed with bipartisan support.   

February 27, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC —Early this morning, Rep. Ron Kind voted to pass the American Rescue Plan to provide badly needed relief to Wisconsin families amid the COVID-19 crisis. This package will deliver $1,400 stimulus payments to Wisconsinites, provide tools to crush the COVID-19 virus, help schools safely reopen, and generate a strong economic recovery.    

February 18, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC —Today, Rep. Ron Kind announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $2.9 million CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to the Village of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, to support the construction of the Village’s new industrial park. This EDA grant, to be matched with $716,957 in local investment, is expected to create or retain nearly 100 jobs and generate $17.4 million in private investment.  

February 11, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC —Today, Rep. Ron Kind and the Ways and Means Committee took steps to deliver much needed relief to the American people amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic crisis it has caused. The legislative proposals passed by the Ways and Means Committee today spanned issues from extending unemployment insurance to delivering another round of direct assistance for Wisconsinites to expanding the child tax credit.   

February 9, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC —Today, Rep. Ron Kind announced that he joined his colleagues on the Ways and Means Committee in introducing the Growing Renewable Energy and Efficiency Now (GREEN) Act. The bill would help address climate change by promoting the use of green energy technologies and invest in Wisconsin’s workforce by creating new energy credits for manufacturers and bolstering stable, clean, good-paying jobs. 

February 9, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC —Today, Rep. Ron Kind announced that he was once again selected to join the House Rural Broadband Task Force for the 117th Congress. The House Rural Broadband Task Force works to eliminate digital deserts and expand rural broadband access.   

February 5, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Ron Kind voted for the bipartisan National Apprenticeship Act of 2021. This legislation expands opportunities and access to Registered Apprenticeships, youth apprenticeships, and pre-apprenticeships. The investments would create nearly one million additional apprenticeship opportunities and yield $10.6 billion in net benefits to taxpayers.  

February 4, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Ron Kind released the following statement after the Wisconsin Rapids Together Task Force met on Wednesday.