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Congressman Mike Bishop

Representing the 8th District of Michigan


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Jobs and Economy


At a time when Americans are facing economic uncertainty, the last thing our country needs is additional taxes, spending and regulation. It has been more than 6 years since the start of the Great Recession, but many families are still on the road to recovery. 

It’s true Michigan has made a drastic resurgence under the leadership of Governor Rick Snyder. At the end of his first term, our unemployment rate was the lowest it had been since 2002. Today, more than 95,000 jobs are ready to be filled. Families are settling down roots. New businesses are flocking here, and autos are reinvesting again. Michigan has been projected to make a ‘faster comeback than the nation as a whole over a four-year span.’

But the fact remains: our work is not done. Many Americans continue to find it difficult to make ends meet. Graduates are struggling to pay off their burdensome student loans. Families are seeing the cost of their medical care skyrocket as a result of President Obama's flawed health care law. Unfortunately, the Administration’s solution is to spend more, tax more, and strangle our economy with more red tape. 

Washington’s regulatory road blocks continually drain taxpayer’s hard-earned wages and stand in the way of opportunity and growth. Today, Americans face $3+ trillion burden from federal taxation and regulation; in fact, our federal regulatory burden is larger than the 2013 GDP of all but the top ten countries in the world. I am working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to advance open, bottom-up solutions to build a healthy economy. We must grow an economy that harbors opportunity. Tomorrow’s good-paying jobs will come from the freedom to innovate from the ground up – from our local communities, not Washington.

More on Jobs and Economy

March 7, 2017 Press Release
"The goal of our bipartisan legislation is to create one simplified system for Americans to do their state income taxes, eliminating the burdensome paperwork and reducing compliance costs for everyone involved," said Bishop.
February 14, 2017 Press Release
“I am grateful for this opportunity to fight for Michigan on the House Ways and Means Committee,” said Bishop. “We have a real opportunity this Congress to grow our economy and help families get ahead – just as we did in the Comeback State."
January 6, 2017 Press Release
"Today the House sent a clear message that the overreach we’ve seen out of the Executive Branch for the last eight years stops here," said Bishop.
December 8, 2016 Press Release
“Representing this district and state means fighting for our families – and that includes getting the people of Flint the long-overdue help they need," said Bishop.
September 21, 2016 Video

Congressman Mike Bishop (MI-08) talked about H.R. 2315, to simplify the state income tax code, in an effort to help workers save and businesses grow.

September 15, 2016 Video

Every year, unelected bureaucrats create thousands of onerous rules that have the full effect of a law – without any input from the people they’ll impact. Bishop talks about a bill that will improve oversight and transparency.

April 13, 2016 Video

Congressman Bishop had the opportunity to speak at the House Small Business Committee about simplifying state income tax laws with his Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act, H.R. 2315. It has strong bipartisan support from more than 130 members of the House.

March 31, 2016 Press Release
“I am absolutely thrilled that the FAA has made its decision to continue direct flights between the Comeback State and our nation’s capitals," said Bishop, who has been working on this issue throughout his time in Congress. The route, which was discontinued when Sun Country Airlines officially ended its Lansing services on Oct. 1, 2015, has an estimated $16 million economic impact on the Lansing area.
February 24, 2016 Video

Rep. Bishop questions about the Department of Labor's proposed overtime rule.