As a small-business owner, I know there are some common sense principles of successful businesses that Congress could work toward to get results and grow our economy again. First, don’t spend more than you’re taking in. Government must tighten its belt just like our families had to. Second, do what you need to do to create an atmosphere for success. For government, that means creating an atmosphere for success through tax and regulatory environments, and a cooperative, not adversarial, attitude with those who create jobs. Finally, don’t expect miracles. Change requires hard work, self-sacrifice, and tough decisions.
In order to provide an environment that will help create jobs and spur economic development, Congress must provide relief from the massive amount of red tape that is imposed on the private sector. At every level of government, job creators and families are seeing more burdens placed on them, burdens that stifle job creation, economic growth and family security.
Real job creation must come through a better private sector climate. This includes eliminating the death tax, improving business expensing and reducing the corporate tax rate. In addition, we must repeal the provisions in the new health care law that place burdensome and costly mandates on small business, such as the expansion of 1099 reporting. I was proud to vote to repeal this provision included in the health care law, which will save businesses from having to report to the IRS every expenditure over $600 - a huge and unnecessary burden that would take up valuable time and resources that could go into expanding their business in other ways - including creating new jobs.
We must also work to provide tax relief that gives entrepreneurs and family-owned businesses the opportunity to grow and create jobs.
Only through these types of common sense pro-growth policies will we unleash the potential of American businesses, investors, and entrepreneurs.
I am glad to see the Chicago Tribune focus on the threat Asian carp pose to the Great Lakes as well as some of the innovative actions taken to prevent this invasive from entering Lake Michigan. As co-chair of the Great Lakes Task Force, protecting the Great Lakes remains one of my top priorities. We must continue to focus on bipartisan solutions and work with officials in Illinois, Michigan and states across the region to craft a workable solution that strengthens the ecology and the economy of the Great Lakes.
Yesterday, more than 1500 students graduated from Grand Valley State University! Congratulations to each and every one of you and I wish you continued success here in West Michigan or wherever your next steps take you!
This week, I had the opportunity to surprise and congratulate Ethan, a student at Zeeland East High School on winning the 2018 Congressional App Challenge. By creating “Right on Red,” Ethan has provided a wonderful example of how students across West Michigan can combine what they have learned in the classroom with their ideas to design a unique app of their own creation. To learn more about Ethan’s app and The Congressional App Challenge, click here: https://huizenga.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=398778
Today we remember the lives lost during the attack on Pearl Harbor 77 years ago. In doing so, we must also remember the courage and strength that unified our nation and helped us win WWII and forever change the future.
This week, the President signed bipartisan legislation into law to protect the Great Lakes and strengthen the U.S. Coast Guard. S. 140 helps prevent the spread of invasive species by clarifying how ballast water will be regulated and monitored on the Great Lakes. This legislation will also create a new Coast Guard-led research, training, and response center that will help preserve and protect the Great Lakes. Lastly, this bipartisan measure will provide a new ice breaker on the Great Lakes to help maintain year-round shipping, commerce, and navigation. To learn more about how this will positively impact the Great Lakes click here: https://huizenga.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=398775