Path to Prosperity

Michigan is facing some of the toughest challenges in its history. Our neglected neighborhoods and forgotten farm communities never recovered from the recession 10 years ago and the COVID pandemic situation made it worse.

We must take action to offer, for those who wish to achieve it, a path to prosperity by tearing down barriers, increasing access, and providing economic opportunity to those who are willing to work for it.

An imperative step to widening the path to prosperity is to focus, not just on creating more jobs, but creating more job creators. Let’s build on the Administration’s historic economic achievements, reignite the economy, and lay out a pathway to prosperity for urban and rural America to achieve the American Dream.

Michigan is the manufacturing capital of the world. From food to rocket ships, our workforce can out-work and out-produce any workforce in the world. But we need the right training and skills.

  • I support allowing 4-day 10-hour work weeks where employees use the time outside to learn a trade or develop higher skills.
  • In the U.S. Senate I would back key incentives defraying the cost of transportation and childcare.

A child’s education should not be determined by their zip code.

  • We must support all education options—public, charter, and private.
  • We need to give our teachers the resources they need including class supplies. The pandemic demonstrated how valuable good teachers are to society. Good teachers need to have incentives and compensation to reward them.
  • K-12 needs to teach critical skills including math, English, financial literacy and essential life skills of responsibility, communication, accountability and leadership.
  • Next, we need to train kids for a career, not for college. College is one option. Skilled workforce training is another.

We must expand the tax base in this country and build up our workforce and our manufacturing at home so that we are more prosperous and more secure. We must act on ways to get more capital in the hands of rural and urban entrepreneurs and let them open up small businesses in disadvantaged and distressed communities.

  • Building on Opportunity Zones in the Administration's landmark Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 there should be full support of Senator Tim Scott's proposal to let state and local governments use the census tract to change opportunity zones to help those in need.
  • Here at home, we must tend to the pillars of prosperity: low taxes, and tort and regulatory reform.
  • We must oppose higher, job killing taxes, increase the research and development tax credit, expand small business' tax credits, amortization, and depreciation schedules for investing and implementing technological innovations and improvements, and index capital gains taxes to the rate of inflation.

It’s time we committed to Operation Overhaul and fixed Michigan’s infrastructure by land, sea, and air.

  • In urban and rural communities, it involves improving our roads, bridges, dams, and sewers.
  • It also involves blight programs which tear down dilapidated structures that lower property values and increase criminal activity.
  • Finally, we need to provide broadband to all families. Students need it. Parents need it. A 21st century economy needs broadband.