Johnson spoke a lot about the thriving economy in Wisconsin, citing the low 3% unemployment rate in the last eight months. He emphasized that we should not be taking this “economic miracle” for granted. Part of the economic success is due to the reduced regulatory burden on businesses that has been implemented by the Trump administration, according to Johnson.
The housing problem in Eau Claire and around Wisconsin was discussed and Johnson made it clear that the federal government should not necessarily be doing much about this issue, but that economic growth would help the problem.
An attendee expressed concern about the state of the farm economy in Wisconsin. Johnson agreed that this complex issue was related to the trade wars currently happening. The Senator said he is working to ensure the Administration gets the message of the severe impact high tariffs are having on agriculture and industry, while not undermining its negotiating strategies.
Another issue that Johnson touched on was immigration. He expressed that the immigration system was broken and needs reform, and to solve this problem, first a goal needs to be decided upon and then a solution can be discussed. Johnson stated that there needs to be a better way for legal immigrants to come into this country and work.
As the event began, Ethan Hellier for the US Chamber of Commerce presented Senator Johnson with the US Chamber's "Sprit of Enterprise" Award in recognition of his pro-business voting record.
Posted by Emma Koehn, Chamber Intern