Joe is running for the U.S. Senate to be a voice for the hardworking men and women of Indiana, and his goal is to ensure that every Hoosier who wants a job has a job. There are five areas he is focused on--and an overarching belief that we should live within our means--to get us going in the right direction.
PROTECT AMERICAN JOBS
- Crack down on the Chinese government’s unfair practices that lead to a loss of Hoosier jobs. Indiana manufacturers face unfair competition, and we need to level the playing field.
- Close tax loopholes that encourages some giant, Wall Street corporations to ship American jobs overseas. It is unacceptable that our tax code currently offers incentives for sending Hoosier jobs to other countries.
- Oppose all unfair trade deals that ship American jobs overseas. We need fair trade, not so-called free trade agreements that puts American companies at a disadvantage and Hoosiers out of work.
GO ALL-IN ON AMERICAN ENERGY PRODUCTION
- Tap all of America’s energy resources--coal, natural gas, oil, wind, ethanol, bio-diesel, and others. Indiana would be a major part of the job creation in this effort. We already have coal in southwestern Indiana, oil in northwest Indiana, and wind in central Indiana; so we know what a job creator the energy industry can be.
- Sell additional oil drilling and gas production leases, leading to not only additional energy for Americans, but increased revenue.
- Keep our hard-earned dollars here at home instead of sending them overseas to Middle East dictators who wish us harm.
CUT TAXES FOR INDIANA JOB CREATORS
- Make the research and development (R&D) tax credit permanent so many of the major companies in Indiana are able to compete in the global marketplace. By making the R&D tax credit permanent, we would give these companies certainty in the tax code and encourage them to keep their R&D efforts on American soil.
- Help small business owners invest in the equipment they need to expand their businesses by making the enhanced expensing deduction permanent. Small business owners would be able to immediately write off up to $250,000 in qualified investment for capital expenditures such as machinery, equipment, and software.
- Provide incentives for companies that in-source rural jobs rather than send them to other countries. We can offer a tax credit to employers in rural areas who hire new workers.
INVEST IN THE CROSSROADS OF AMERICA
- Ensure we are getting our tax dollars' worth when it comes to transportation funding. Indiana currently receives just 92% of what we send the federal government. We need to increase the rate of return on our tax dollars so the State of Indiana and local governments across our state have the tools they need to keep roads and bridges in shape to lure businesses to communities in Indiana.
- Invest in rural broadband access so companies have the technology infrastructure necessary to create rural jobs. We can do this by linking existing broadband infrastructures, typically through hospital and higher education networks.
GIVE WORKERS THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO COMPETE
- Connect private business owners with community colleges such as Ivy Tech in order to ensure that the curriculum produces a competitive workforce. We have the best workers in the world here in Indiana, so we must equip them with the most up-to-date skills to get and keep good-paying jobs.
- Direct existing workforce training dollars to those programs that are teaching the skills employers need now. This straightforward change would make better use of existing federal programs by prioritizing the types of training that will lead to a job upon completion.
ADDRESS THE DEBT CRISIS, LIVE WITHIN OUR MEANS
- Get control of America’s debt. I support Pay as You Go laws that require any new spending or tax cuts approved by Congress to include specific plans to pay for them. I also support a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution so Congress is bound by law to keep its fiscal house in order.
- Cut what isn’t working. I support a sunset commission, which would periodically look at every federal program to see whether or not it is meeting its objectives, is cost-effective, or if it duplicates services found elsewhere. If a program isn’t working for taxpayers, let’s eliminate it.