Economic Growth & Jobs

Economic Growth & Jobs

Hardworking taxpayers are the strength of our country, and my focus is expanding economic opportunities, encouraging job creation and raising incomes.

- Tim Walberg

Job creation, higher incomes and expanding opportunities by growing Michigan’s economy is the top priority for Tim Walberg. Tim has advanced policies that will build a healthy economy and create a brighter future for the next generation.

Tim Walberg’s plan to encourage job creation and boost wages:

  1. Reduce the tax burden on families, small businesses and job providers- Tim voted to reduce income tax rates, double the child tax credit, double the standard deduction and lower the tax burden on small businesses and larger job providers.This tax relief is increasing citizens’ paychecks, sparking raises around the country and boosting investment and economic confidence.

  2. Enhance Skilled Trades Training- Tim is focused on improving education and workforce training opportunities by empowering local institutions and states. Tim voted for:

    • The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, which supports Michigan career and technical training programs and helps states reduce burdensome occupational licensing regulations.

    • The Every Student Succeeds Act, which transfers power and resources from Washington DC education bureaucrats to local schools and states, because teachers, administrators, and local school boards know best how to educate students. These bipartisan reforms have been signed into law.

    • The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which would improve workforce training by giving more power and input to local educational and training institutions, including community colleges, overwhelmingly passed the House and was signed into law.

    Michigan is blessed with many fine institutions of higher learning. Tim is committed to working with these schools as they provide a tremendous education and help students afford the opportunity. He introduced the “Helping Families Save for Education Act” with a Democratic colleague to help families save money for educational expenses.

  3. Improve Infrastructure- Tim Walberg is working to improve our infrastructure and rebuild Michigan’s roads and bridges. He helped champion a long-term, bipartisan transportation plan to provide greater resources and decision-making authority to state and local governments—without raising taxes. This long-term plan, now signed into law, will help streamline and bring certainty to important road and bridge projects across our state. He also voted in favor of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, which focuses on protecting our water supply, shorelines, and environment. The legislation also streamlines the approval process, requires more accountability, and encourages public-private partnerships to leverage taxpayer resources to complete more water resources projects.

  4. Reduce the Regulatory Burden- Tim understands onerous regulations discourage hard work, investment, and job creation. He voted for legislation to prevent Washington DC bureaucrats from creating costly, job destroying regulations without receiving approval from the American peoples’ elected representatives, and Tim had a common sense bipartisan bill to increase efficiency within the federal government signed into law.Tim’s bipartisan legislation to increase government transparency regarding regulations passed the House, and he introduced bipartisan legislation with Senator Gary Peters to reduce the burden of occupational licensing regulations.

  5. Make Healthcare More Affordable- Tim’s legislation to allow small businesses to join together to purchase more affordable healthcare insurance for their employees passed the House.Tim supports patient-centered reforms such as ending lawsuit abuse, allowing the purchase of insurance across state lines, expanding the use and flexibility of health savings accounts, reducing fraud, and giving individuals the same tax treatment as corporations when purchasing health insurance.He will continue working to make healthcare more affordable.

  6. Expand American Energy Production- Tim is working to increase American energy production to create jobs, lower prices, and move our nation toward energy independence. He has voted to expand natural gas and oil exploration; improve pipeline safety; speed up the permitting process; and promote clean coal, nuclear, and renewable sources.

  7. Open Global Markets- By meeting regularly with Michigan farmers and manufacturers, Tim Walberg recognizes 7th District citizens produce many quality goods to sell in the global marketplace. In a bipartisan manner, Tim works to open global markets to our Michigan-made goods, which supports and creates jobs here. He favors trade that is fair, free, and levels the playing field for American workers. If an agreement is not free and fair for Michigan workers and manufacturers, Tim will not support it, which is why he opposed the poorly negotiated Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).