Economy & Jobs
My top priority is promoting job creation and economic growth here at home in Southwest Michigan. With the coronavirus crisis, we are facing a number of new challenges on the economic front. Folks lost jobs here in Southwest Michigan and across the country, and job creation and economic growth are priorities. I am working to ensure that our region has a seat at the national table on issues of importance to Michigan families and businesses, just as I always have.
Plain and simple: our old tax system was broken. It was a complicated mess that imposed burdensome paperwork on Michigan families and small businesses, rewarded some while punishing others, and forced businesses to move overseas. I long supported comprehensive tax reform to create a system that is simple, efficient, and fair to all taxpayers. By enacting a pro-growth tax system, we can promote innovation and job creation in the private sector, help U.S. businesses compete on an even playing field with overseas competitors, and allow taxpayers to keep more of their hard-earned dollars
I supported wholeheartedly the pro-growth Tax Cuts & Jobs Act that was signed into law at the end of 2017. Our economy was strong before the coronavirus crisis hit, and we will need to work together on solutions that once again help put us toward strong economic growth.
Protecting Small Businesses from Harmful Regulations
Affordable and reliable energy is also critical for a growing economy. I have led the fight to protect jobs and keep energy costs down by preventing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other federal agencies from imposing costly new regulations on U.S. manufacturers and energy producers.
The new US-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement will help American workers, American jobs, and the American economy, and I was proud to support it. Canada and Mexico are two of our state’s and our nation’s most important trading partners, supporting more than 2 million jobs nationally at 43,000 manufacturers. The bottom line is it’s a win for Michigan workers. Trade is absolutely vital to our state’s economy, and our auto suppliers, manufacturers, and farmers will all benefit greatly from this new agreement.