Johnny’s Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Economic Development

Tax Reform

I believe we should reform the tax code to simplify tax filing, reduce the burden on small business, and bring over $2 trillion in “trapped” overseas cash back to the United States where it can be put to use creating jobs and investing in our communities.

I have worked on the Senate Finance Committee to provide permanent small business tax relief, including incentives for small businesses to invest in equipment and grow production capacity (“Section 179 expensing”) and incentives for investment in research to create innovative new products and technologies (“R&D tax credit”).

I agree.

Roll Back Regulations

We need to cut red tape that is strangling small businesses. While the “too big to fail” companies have enough resources to devote to regulatory compliance, the avalanche of new regulations coming from Washington is threatening to make the rest of our economy “too small to succeed.”

I have led the fight and passed resolutions through the House and Senate to overturn the Obama administration’s intrusive regulations, which are forcing job creators to devote their attention and resources to regulatory compliance instead of growing their business and hiring more workers. I support legislation to rein in Washington bureaucrats by requiring Congress to vote on regulations with a major economic impact before they can take effect.

Cut red tape now.

Invest in Georgia

We can grow our economy by investing in Georgia, specifically by investing in infrastructure to strengthen Georgia’s position as a crossroads for commerce and transportation.

I successfully secured federal funds to expand the Port of Savannah, which supports hundreds of thousands of jobs in Georgia. I helped pass the first long-term highway bill in a decade so Georgia can partner with the federal government to maintain our roads and bridges and build new ones to support our growing population.

Invest in Georgia.

Empower Our Workforce

A strong economy begins with our workers. We need to build a skilled workforce by helping people who are looking for jobs acquire the skills that employers need in a 21st century economy.

I led a bipartisan coalition to pass the first major reform of federal job training programs in 20 years. The Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act streamlines these programs, gets rid of the ones that aren’t working, and supports public-private partnerships that bring training programs and technical colleges together with employers so we can match up people who need work with the jobs employers need to fill.

Invest in our workforce.

Energy Independence

I believe we can make America energy independent by expanding production of American energy resources while also supporting conservation.

I voted to override President Obama’s veto of the Keystone pipeline, and I support an “all of the above” energy policy to help make America energy independent. I am leading efforts to promote clean nuclear energy that meets strict safety standards and to make it cheaper for homeowners to finance energy-efficiency improvements.

I agree.

Strengthen our Rural Economy

Agriculture is Georgia’s number one economic sector. We can strengthen the rural economy by supporting the development of agriculture and natural resources.

I am fighting to overturn the “Waters of the US” land grab and other overbearing federal policies that hurt rural Georgia. I will always advocate for federal policies that support Georgia farmers and have introduced bipartisan legislation to help rural hospitals, which are the biggest employer in many communities.

I'm with Johnny.

Create a Level Playing Field

I believe Congress must create a level playing field by allowing businesses to compete on the basis of value and quality, rather than government picking winners and losers.

I have fought for fair trade for Georgia’s producers and exporters, such as forcing South Africa to end its unfair blockade against Georgia poultry. I am fighting to end special interest giveaways that hurt Georgia, such as the ethanol mandate and a program that regulates catfish under a different agency than all other kinds of fish. I have voted against taxpayer-funded bailouts of special interests including auto companies, labor unions, and health insurance plans.

Less bailouts. More fair trade.

Main Street, not Wall Street

America needs to improve access to capital for Main Street businesses by allowing them to obtain financing from their local bank instead of having to go to Wall Street firms or Silicon Valley venture capitalists.

I support rolling back Dodd-Frank’s excessive regulations on community banks and credit unions. I agree with the recent court ruling that Dodd-Frank violated the Constitution by giving too much power to unaccountable bureaucrats, and I support making the regulators accountable to the people’s elected representatives in Congress.

Increase capital for small business.

End Mandates that Strangle Businesses

It’s time to end the Obamacare mandates that encourage companies to hire fewer workers, cut employees’ hours to avoid fines, and stop offering flexible benefit plans.

I have consistently opposed the Affordable Care Act and voted to repeal it. Until Obamacare can be repealed and replaced with a truly patient-centered health care plan, I will fight to reinstate the 40-hour work week and end Obamacare’s penalties on small businesses that offer health reimbursement plans.

Repeal and replace Obamacare.

Help our Entrepreneurs Thrive

Over the last 30 years, nearly all net job growth has come from companies that are less than five years old, but since 2010, half of all new business formation has occurred in just 20 large counties. We can promote entrepreneurship by supporting a legal and regulatory climate that’s friendly to innovation.

In addition to supporting tax simplification and regulatory reform, I am fighting against efforts to undermine legal protections for entrepreneurs who enter into franchise agreements with retail and restaurant brands, or who participate in the emerging “sharing economy” with companies like Uber, Lyft, and AirBnB. I am also working to streamline the regulations that affect innovative Georgia technology companies in areas like electronic payments processing and medical devices.

Promote entrepreneurship.

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