Our economy can do better than it has in recent years. In order to grow, we need to reform our tax code, strengthen workforce training programs, and ensure we have a smart regulatory system.
I frequently hear from my constituents about the excessive time and cost they spend doing taxes with our overly complicated, outdated tax code. The last major tax reform was passed in 1986 during the Reagan administration. In the last 30 years, we have seen the development of computers, the Internet, and cell phones. Yet, the tax code hasn’t been updated to reflect the modern world. I strongly support efforts to update and simplify our tax code to ease the burden on individuals, families, farmers, and businesses.
We also need to ensure our workforce is prepared for our modern economy. Prior to serving in Congress, I had a career in workforce training. I support career training programs because I have seen firsthand how job training can change the life of an individual and their family by setting them on the path to success.
We cannot regulate our way to a strong economy. The opposite is true: governmental overreach cripples the economy. From my years of running a business, I have firsthand knowledge of how excessive regulations make it harder to succeed. While some regulation is necessary, we need to ensure that the regulations we do have in place are smart: that they are necessary, designed efficiently and have the put the least possible strain on those trying to make the economy move.
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Washington, D.C. – Representative Paul Mitchell (MI-10) today introduced an amendment that would cut 10 percent administrative expenses of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Works, Department of the Interior, Department of Energy and US Army Corps of Engineers. These savings would be used to reduce the deficit. After debate, Representative Mitchell issued the following statement:
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed legislation sponsored by Representative Paul Mitchell (MI-10), H.R. 1009 OIRA Insight, Reform, and Accountability Act. H.R. 1009 would strengthen congressional accountability over the regulatory process by putting the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) into statute. Representative Mitchell issued the following statement after the bipartisan House vote to pass H.R. 1009:
Washington, D.C. – Representative Paul Mitchell (MI-10) introduced the OIRA Insight, Reform, and Accountability Act (H.R. 1009) to strengthen congressional insight and accountability over the regulatory process by putting the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) into statute. Representative Mitchell issued the following statement after introducing H.R. 1009:
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Paul Mitchell (MI-10) released the following statement after President Trump’s meeting with leaders of General Motors, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler:
“I thank President Trump for his focus on keeping good jobs in Michigan and in America. I look forward to working with the Trump administration on reducing regulatory burdens placed on the automotive industry and businesses and families across America. President Trump knows, like I do, that when Michigan automakers thrive, our economy thrives."
Mr. Speaker, I am proud that in my first week as Representative of Michigan’s 10th District we have passed two important pieces of legislation to stem the avalanche of federal regulation.
Washington, D.C. – Representative Paul Mitchell (MI-10) released the following statement today after passage of the REINS Act:
“I spent my career in business, so I know firsthand how federal over-regulation hurts business, makes it harder to create good jobs, and stifles economic growth. Cost estimates of federal regulations totaled $1.88 trillion in 2015, which is $15,000 per U.S. household,” said Congressman Mitchell.