The National Association of Manufacturers released its agenda for 2007 which highlights specific areas: security, revitalized infrastructure, fair and competitive tax policy, high-performance workforce, consumer-based healthcare, a level international playing field and legal and regulatory fairness.
The following is an excerpt from the document, Investing In America: The 2007 Agenda for Jobs and Economic Growth. To view the full report visit: http://www.nam.org/s_nam/bin.asp?CID=4&DID=236260&DOC=FILE.PDF
- Reduce energy intensity through public-private partnership
- Increase funding for R & D
- Increase domestic baseload power generation through clean coal, nuclear and renewable sources
- Develop and expand alternative fossil fuels and biofuels
- Deploy innovative technology for low-cost shipping
- Expand airport capacity, upgrade inland waterways
- Strengthen cyber security
Fair And Competitive Tax Policy:
- Reduce federal statutory corporate tax rate to 25%
- Repeal corporate alternative minimum tax
- Make R&D tax credit permanent
- Reduce "double tax" and costly compliance burden on U.S. companies doing business overseas
- Reform visa system to attract and retain global talent in U.S.
- National emphasis on math, science and engineering
- Improve workforce training
- Promote health information technology and transparency initiatives to improve care and lower costs
- Endorse wellness and prevention programs
- Support health savings accounts
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