As every American knows, our economy continues to struggle. Across the country, and across the 23rd Congressional district, families have felt the impact of the economic crisis as many struggle to make ends meet. Americans need jobs and steady paychecks. Families in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes deserve leaders who listen and care.
Our families have made tough decisions in an endless financial juggling act. With higher than average poverty rates across the country and in our own backyard, how do we address this growing challenge?
The answer is simple-we must aggressively pursue an agenda of opportunity. I care about the families in my district, and I believe that when you create jobs you create security. Government should be used as a tool to provide the stability and opportunity needed to attack poverty. Together we can revitalize our manufacturing sector, train a world-class workforce, strengthen the economy and bring new ideas to the table.
One such idea is the bipartisan manufacturing legislation I introduced. The Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act (RAMI) creates a network of regional institutes to generate jobs, provide extensive workforce training and bring thousands of jobs to areas in need. With more than 40 Republicans and 40 Democrats on board, we continue to build momentum towards final passage.
America’s job growth depends on a trained and skilled workforce, competitive energy costs, a lower tax burden and a community willing to invest in it’s future. My opponent instead has chosen to reiterate the Obama-Pelosi agenda and preach about income equality while the income gap in the county she represents has grown at an alarming rate. According to the Census Bureau, 1 in 5 residents of Tompkins County live in poverty, the highest rate in the district. According to the New York State Department of Labor over the last year 1300 private sector jobs have been lost in Tompkins County. Behind these numbers are real people who have been unfairly victimized by a county government that has doubled taxes during my opponent’s tenure.
We need to enact real tax reform, and address a 70,000-page tax code that hasn’t seen comprehensive reform since 1986. A simpler, fairer tax code would save a typical family in the 23rd district an average of $600 annually.
We must work together to strengthen resources like local food banks and pantries that families rely on during their time of need. That’s why I introduced The Fighting Hunger Incentive Act, which incentivizes restaurants and grocery stores to contribute excess inventory to local organizations working to fight poverty. It’s only right and fair to bring together business and charitable groups to help them care for our neighbors.
I grew up here, and like all of you, I want our area to thrive and grow. We want more opportunities and a greater country for our kids. That’s why I entered public service and that’s why I will continue the fight to bring jobs and economic security to the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes.