Jobs and Economy
Creating long-term job growth in Michigan is my top priority in Congress. - Tim
Reducing barriers to employment and increasing Michigan's and America's global competitiveness are critical steps for encouraging good paying, high-skilled jobs.
In my conversations with constituents and employers, it is clear that too many policies coming out of Washington are making it difficult for Michigan’s businesses to grow and hire new employees. While some government regulations are important, excessive federal regulation stifles our nations’ job creators by creating an uncertain business climate. In addition, a complex and unfair tax system is constantly trying to raise taxes on small employers, affecting their bottom line and ability to grow.
Congress can support new jobs by reducing regulatory burdens on small businesses and encouraging them to innovate, expand, and create more job opportunities in their community. I believe that taking the following practical steps will help us create long-term economic growth:
Reduce Tax Burden
For too long, Americans have been subject to a complex, burdensome tax code that has held back job creation and harmed Michigan families who are struggling to make ends meet. In December 2017, I voted to overhaul our broken tax code and pass H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was signed into law by President Trump. The sweeping tax reform legislation is the first major overhaul of the tax code in more than 30 years and delivers historic tax relief for workers, families and job creators in Michigan. With this bill, the typical family of four earning the median family income of $73,000 will receive a tax cut of $2,059. Click here to watch my remarks on the House floor in support of H.R. 1, and visit my tax reform page to learn more about how this law will allow people to keep more of their hard-earned money while advancing economic growth and opportunity.
Expand Education and Workforce Development Opportunities
As a member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, I’ve been working to ensure everyone has access to the best educational opportunities, which in turn will develop workers with the right skills and keep our nation competitive. I am working to reauthorize Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act to strengthen career training technical skills programs and increase access to meaningful careers that meet the workforce needs in our community. In June 2017, I voted in support of H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, a bipartisan bill to expand opportunities for more students and workers to enter the workforce with the skills they need to compete for in-demand jobs.
Excessive occupational licensing laws can be one of the roadblocks for entrepreneurs and aspiring workers. In April 2017 I introduced H.R. 2155, the New HOPE Act, a bipartisan, bicameral bill which will encourage state governments to initiate reforms to ensure bureaucratic requirements are not creating unnecessary barriers for those seeking to enter the workforce.
Replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)
I continue to hear from families in Michigan who are paying more for health care while receiving less choice and reduced care under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare. Please know I will continue to strongly support efforts to replace Obamacare with more effective solutions that promote consumer choice, decrease health care costs and improve access to care. For more details on my efforts to strengthen our health care system, you may visit my health care page.
Reduce Harmful Regulations
While some government regulations are important, excessive federal regulation stifles our nations’ job creators by creating an uncertain business climate. Eliminating these burdensome regulations will encourage increased investment and new hiring. The first step Congress can take in fighting harmful regulations is to identify and eliminate current and pending regulations that hinder economic growth, while requiring Congressional review of any new regulations that will significantly impact our economy.
Promote American Trade
We need to develop trade policies that are free, fair and enforce trade laws that keep our trading partners accountable.
Reduce Government Spending
With a national debt exceeding $20 trillion dollars, we need to begin spending federal dollars like a responsible American family or business. Every federal dollar that is saved now is a dollar that is not borrowed and owed by future generations in the form of higher taxes and interest payments. I support an amendment, H.J.Res. 1, to the Constitution that requires Congress not spend more than it receives in revenues, requires a 3/5 majority vote to increase the debt limit and requires the President to submit a balanced budget to Congress.
12/19/2017 – Walberg: Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will Help Michigan
11/16/2017 – Walberg: Time for Middle Class Tax Relief
11/14/2017 – It’s Time for Tax Reform
07/11/2017 – WLNS: Walberg Kicks Off Facebook Seminar to Help Local Small Businesses
06/22/2017 – Walberg Champions Career and Technical Education, 21st Century Job Creation
05/31/2017 – Fox 47: Walberg: We’re Focused on Jobs, Career Training
05/31/2017 – WLNS: Walberg Hosts 7th Annual Job Fair in Jackson
05/17/2017 – Walberg Champions Occupational Licensing Reforms
02/07/2017 - Walberg Discusses Ways to Close Skills Gap, Strengthen Workforce
02/02/2017 - Walberg Highlights New Auto Industry Jobs, Innovation
01/10/2017 - Walberg Highlights 2017 Auto Show on House Floor
09/13/2016 - Walberg Works to Boost Workforce Training, Create 21st Century Jobs
07/07/2016 - Walberg: Empower Students, Workers to Succeed in Workforce
05/17/2016 - Walberg Works to Strengthen Career and Technical Education
04/18/2016 - WLNS: Walberg Holds 6th Annual Job Fair in Jackson
04/14/2016 - Walberg Introduces Main Street Jobs and Opportunity Act
04/01/2016 - WLNS: Walberg Chairs Field Hearing on Workplace Flexibility
03/29/2016 - WLNS: Walberg Tours LCC and Talks Millennials in the Workforce
03/16/2016 - Walberg questions Labor Secretary about workplace flexibility, overtime rule
01/16/2016 - Walberg Champions Amendment to Highlight Impact of Regulations on Wage Stagnation