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May 10, 2014

Tisei: A six-point jobs plan for the Sixth District

It’s time to face the facts: Our economy isn’t creating the jobs families need to comfortably live, work, and raise a family here in Massachusetts. Middle class families throughout the Sixth District are struggling to meet their basic budgetary needs; young adults are increasingly unable to find work; and older members of our workforce are being forced into early retirement. This is not acceptable.

The Sixth District needs a champion in Congress capable of implementing policies that will bring good, well-paying jobs to our residents. My Six Point Jobs Plan does just that. With it, I make a pledge to fight tirelessly to protect and grow Bay State jobs so that we all have a chance to pursue the American Dream.

1. Tax Reform. We need to reform our tax code so businesses can start creating jobs and growing our economy. The U.S. corporate tax rate is 35 percent, the highest in the industrialized world. For comparison, Canada’s rate is 15 percent, less than half what American companies contend with. Worse yet, our tax code is riddled with special-interest carve outs that are good for D.C. lobbyists but not good for American families.

I will fight to lower rates across the board so all businesses can compete in a 21st century global economy. I will create incentives for companies to bring jobs back to America and eliminate any provisions in our current code that encourage companies to ship jobs overseas.

2. Job Training. Here in the Sixth District there are an estimated 4,000 jobs that remain unfilled because employers can’t find workers with the right set of skills. Our current workforce development system is a maze of over 40 programs across nine separate federal agencies.

Clearly this system isn’t working. As your congressman, I will bring our job training programs into the 21st century by streamlining funding and allowing more local control of programs and funds. I will also create a Sixth District Jobs Advisory Council of business leaders, community college and vocational school advisors, workforce development personnel and other stakeholders so that there is an open line of communication between lawmakers and those on the front lines retraining our workforce.

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