ICYMI: Congressman Bishop’s Jobs & Economy Tour Continues
This August, Congressman Mike Bishop has been hosting a Jobs & Economy Tour across Oakland, Livingston and Ingham Counties – to learn about the ways local businesses are making a difference in our communities. With tax reform and job creation at the forefront of the agenda in Congress, Rep. Bishop has been meeting with area employers and employees to hear their stories, get input and find ways to implement their ideas at a national level. As a member of the House Ways & Means Committee, Rep. Bishop is taking the insight from these meetings back to Washington, D.C. when the House reconvenes in September. The tour isn’t over, but here’s a quick recap of his recent stops and discussions…
BorgWarner – Auburn Hills, Mich.
Rep. Bishop met with the team at BorgWarner, a worldwide manufacturer specializing in hybrid, electric and combustion engines with a focus on improving efficiency and emissions in all types of vehicles. Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., BorgWarner employs more than 150 residents of the 8th District. Their local team gave Rep. Bishop a tour of their powertrain technical center where they make parts. They also had an in-depth discussion about the need for tax reform, including ways to address repatriation, carryforwards, lowering corporate rates and supporting American jobs.
Shawn Pipoly Agency, Beverly Rae’s Inc., Main Street Cheese Market – Brighton, Mich.
In a swing through downtown Brighton, Congressman Bishop and Pam McConeghy from the Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce met with several small businesses to learn about their day-to-day operations and talk about the big agenda items in Congress, including ways to simplify the tax code, reducing costly regulations that hold Main Street back and creating more jobs. They also discussed the high cost of health care for small businesses, including those with only a few employees. This is something Rep. Bishop often hears about and is working to address in Congress’ ongoing health care discussions. There were also concerns voiced about the way online retail is competing with brick and mortar shops, and how they are adjusting to the trend.
Pratt & Miller Engineering – New Hudson, Mich.
With nearly one-third of their employees living in Michigan’s 8th District, Pratt & Miller invited Congressman Bishop on a tour of their full-service, low volume engineering center. They specialize in developing robust processes and advanced technologies for use in the defense, automotive and power-sports industries. On the tour, Rep. Bishop and their team had a great discussion about skilled jobs training and the ways they are building meaningful career opportunities at the New Hudson center.
MEDC tour of the Mason façade project – Mason, Mich.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation invited Congressman Bishop to kick-off their statewide tour highlighting the ways Community Development Block Grant funding can help with local revitalization initiatives. Rep. Bishop toured a façade project downtown Mason and talked with local officials about making Main Street America more appealing for job creators to invest and set up shop.
- Detroit Free Press: Tour shows how community block grants have revitalized Michigan cities – 8/9/17
Paul & Dawn Marie Joseph – Williamston, Mich.
Paul and Dawn Marie, constituents who own a variety of small businesses in Williamston, met with Congressman Bishop to talk about America’s ongoing health care crisis and ways to move discussions forward. As small business owners, they were especially concerned about the skyrocketing cost of health care – as job providers, and as a family – and how the increased costs can hold small business back from expanding and hiring more employees.
Bekum America Corporation – Williamston, Mich.
A global machinery manufacturer rooted in Williamston, Bekum America hosted Congressman Bishop for a tour of their impressive facility followed by a discussion on several economic issues in Congress. Bekum is world-renowned for their quality plastic blow-molding machinery, selling equipment and parts to companies across a variety of industries, including autos, food and beverage, and sporting goods. A major highlight of their discussion with Rep. Bishop included the need to improve and promote apprenticeship programs at the national level – to help students transition directly into the workforce and fill the many high-skilled jobs available today. They also talked about the need for tax reform and creating more jobs in America.