Industry Market Trends
Which Policies Matter Most to Manufacturers?
October 16, 2012
A new effort to raise awareness about issues relevant to manufacturers and get more manufacturing professionals to the polls on Election Day could change the course of industry in the U.S. What are the legislative actions and political issues that top the list of concerns among American manufacturers? One Voice, a lobbying group formed by the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) and the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), has announced a "Get Out the Vote" effort directed at manufacturers, urging them and their families to vote in the presidential and congressional elections on November 6. Manufacturers and their families, says an announcement from the group, "account for 7 percent of the voting age population - a critical number in a Presidential race that may be won by a 1 or 2 percent margin." On a new advocacy web site created especially for the initiative, One Voice identifies five key policy issues for U.S. manufacturing:
- Tax reform
- Trade enhancement and enforcement
- Workforce recruiting and training
- Incentivize R&D and innovation through funding, tax credits and other measures;
- Increase American manufacturing's global competitiveness through tax and regulatory reform and trade improvements; and
- Build a better educated and trained workforce through grants, scholarships and new degree and certification programs.