Jobs and the Economy

Unnecessary and burdensome regulations have hindered economic growth and job creation in America. That is why I am fighting for smarter, pro-growth policies that get government out of the way and help small businesses expand and hire new workers. In fact, I have supported overturning numerous regulations written by unelected bureaucrats who do not understand the negative consequences of the rules they wrote.

Michigan has a talented workforce and world-leading manufacturing base, and we can keep it that way by promoting opportunities in the skilled trades. I am committed to ensuring residents have the opportunity to learn career and technical skills that are vital to applying for good-paying jobs.

More on Jobs and the Economy

June 10, 2021 Press Release

Today, the U.S. Department of Labor reported that inflation in the month of May rose five percent, the highest amount since the summer of 2008. Additionally, CNBC reported that, "a separate gauge that excludes volatile food and energy prices increased 3.8%...That was the fastest pace since May 1992."

June 4, 2021 Press Release
“The economy is coming back but Michigan small businesses are struggling and ’Help Wanted’ signs are posted all over our region as the Biden Administration continues to pay extra money to people who are not working. It’s unfair for small businesses who have to compete against the Biden Administration when they are looking to hire, and this extra benefit discourages work at a time when there are a lot of job opportunities,” said Congressman John Moolenaar.
May 26, 2021 Press Release
"With Democrats in Washington spending trillions of dollars, inflation is a growing problem and prices are rising. This weekend, inflation will force Michigan residents to pay more for gas and groceries when they visit with family and friends," said Congressman John Moolenaar. "These are the highest gas prices in seven years, and the Democrats' policies harm American energy production while raising the cost of living on working families more than anyone else. I will continue to advocate for American energy independence and oppose harmful federal spending that distorts the economy and raises prices on Michigan families."
May 20, 2021 Press Release
“STEM education is critical to preparing students for future opportunities that include good-paying jobs and roles in scientific research,” said Congressman John Moolenaar. “I voted for these bills because it will help prepare students for those opportunities and continue our nation's leadership in scientific research and innovation.”
May 17, 2021 Press Release
“For many families, child care providers play a critical role in supporting parents and early childhood development. There have been child care shortages in rural areas, so this bill will help level the playing field and allow non-profit providers to apply for loans that will help them expand their facilities and offer new child care opportunities for Michigan families," said Congressman Moolenaar.
May 12, 2021 Press Release
“When President Biden and Democrats spent $2 trillion in March, they pushed out extra money to people who are not working even though there are millions of job openings and gave billions to bail out states and cities which now have surpluses. Their $2 trillion in spending is distorting the economy, hurting small businesses, and making hardworking Michigan residents pay more for the products they use every day,” said Congressman John Moolenaar. “President Biden’s anti-pipeline stance is also contributing to the rise in gas prices and as we have seen this week pipelines are vital to ensuring Americans have a affordable, reliable energy. I will be working to stop these harmful economic policies so more Americans can go back to work, small businesses can grow and, hopefully, prices for everyday goods will be more stable.”
May 7, 2021 Press Release
“President Biden currently gives Americans more reasons to stay home instead of creating job opportunities that will help them provide for their families. There are ‘Help Wanted’ signs in small businesses across Michigan because while they are open and working hard, President Biden is taking their tax dollars and paying extra money to those at home,” said Congressman John Moolenaar. “Another major factor is the Biden Administration’s decision to disregard the science that showed it was safe for schools to reopen months ago. This has hurt students' educational development and forced their parents to stay home. It’s time to end these policies and allow Americans to choose the economic and educational opportunities that are best for them and their families.”
April 28, 2021 Press Release
“When Joe Biden was vice president he oversaw the slowest economic recovery in modern American history. His proposals tonight, including his tax hikes, would be more of the same, hurting Michigan’s economy and slowing the recovery. We are already seeing employers in mid and northern Michigan have problems hiring workers because the $2 trillion spending bill President Biden signed in March pays people an extra $300 a week to stay home instead of going to work. “I would also like to invest in our nation’s infrastructure, but President Biden has proposed cutting the Army Corps of Engineers’ annual budget by a billion dollars. We need the Army Corps to be fully funded so it can manage Great Lakes water levels, stop Asian carp and invasive species, and build a new lock at the Soo Locks. I will be working to stop Biden’s cut to the Army Corps so it has the resources it needs to invest in infrastructure and support the Great Lakes.”
March 16, 2021 Press Release
“Small businesses have been hurt by the pandemic and state enforced closures, and while the best way for them to recover is for the state to allow them to fully reopen, I know many of them are still hurting and need help,” said Congressman Moolenaar. “The Paycheck Protection Program helped thousands of Michigan small businesses last year and there is still funding left over to help those who need additional relief. State officials have created continued uncertainty with restrictions, and last month 120,000 residents gave up looking for work. I hope Michigan small business owners will make the most of this difficult situation and access funding that will help them and their workers stay in business until they're allowed to fully reopen."
March 10, 2021 Press Release
“Nearly all of this legislation passed by the Democrats is a pork barrel list of priorities that is unrelated to the pandemic,” said Congressman Moolenaar. “Ninety-five percent of the money that is in this bill for schools will not even be used this year. So Democrats are taking the money from taxpayers now and not even giving it to schools until years later. Republicans have repeatedly proposed legislation requiring schools to re-open immediately, but Democrats have rejected it despite clear evidence school closures are hurting students, with an increased risk of suicide and a decline in academic performance.

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