Jobs, Economy & Small Business
We need to get America back to work. Too many families are still struggling today and enough is enough. For too long, lawmakers have been looking out for themselves instead of looking out for the middle class. I want to focus on job creation and economic growth, not on scoring political points by handing out special favors.
In addition to strong and growing businesses, we need strong and healthy labor organizations. Without labor unions, it is my belief that we would not have a middle class – and today both are in a downward trend. We must stop this.
Revitalizing the Manufacturing Sector
Focusing on lowering the unemployment rate is not enough. We need to create jobs that provide livable wages and good benefits. This means more manufacturing jobs.
I support the creation of a “Manufacturing Triangle,” to promote manufacturing and innovation throughout the region. With the Quad-Cities, Rockford and Peoria as manufacturing center anchors, we have the number of skilled laborers in the work force as well as the existing infrastructure and innovation capacity to expand our region into a national hub of manufacturing growth.
Leveling the Playing Field
America has the best workers in the world, but they are competing on an uneven playing field that leads to jobs being shipped overseas to China, India and around the world. I believe we should end unfair trade deals and repeal incentives for corporations to move jobs abroad. The Patriot Employer Act would eliminate incentives for firms to outsource jobs and promote domestic manufacturing. This is a good first step to leveling the playing field. I will push for more common sense measures like this so that we can reverse incentivized job offshoring.
Helping Small Businesses Expand
Small businesses are the drivers of job growth and the bedrock of our communities and I will fight for proposals that strengthen and allow small businesses to thrive. I support a permanent extension of the research and development tax credit. Additionally, regulations for small businesses with less than 100 employees should be examined to eliminate unnecessary, onerous rules that inhibit innovation and stifle growth.