MADISON — Today, Mandela Barnes released his new policy agenda to revitalize Wisconsin manufacturing, strengthen unions, and invest in communities that have lost manufacturing jobs.

In the U.S. Senate, Mandela will:

  • Prioritize American manufacturing and stop shipping jobs overseas;

  • Fix supply chain issues by making things at home;

  • Take on unfair trade deals;

  • Use tax reform to keep jobs at home and support small and medium sized manufacturers;

  • Invest in 21st century manufacturing opportunities;

  • Train our workforce to take on the jobs of tomorrow;

  • Grow a stronger middle class by supporting labor unions;

  • Revitalize Wisconsin communities that have been left behind.

Click here to read the full plan.

“Growing up in a manufacturing family, I learned if you want something built right, you build it right here in Wisconsin,” said Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes, candidate for U.S. Senate. “But as I travel across the state, I hear the same stories of outsourced jobs, rising prices, supply chain issues, and labor shortages due to a lack of child care. We have the opportunity to address these issues by restoring Wisconsin as the nation’s leader in manufacturing, while creating good-paying, family-supporting jobs in the process.

“That’s why today, I’m releasing my plan to breathe new life into manufacturing in Wisconsin, create new jobs, strengthen our unions, and support communities that have been left behind so the next generation can thrive here. In the Senate, I will fight to make sure that the brightest days of manufacturing in Wisconsin are ahead of us, not behind us.”

“When it comes to expanding opportunities for good-paying union jobs and revitalizing our communities, there’s no one I trust to get the job done more than Mandela Barnes,” said UAW Local 72 Vice President John Drew. “Mandela’s ‘Make It Here’ plan is the boost that Wisconsin’s manufacturing industry desperately needs. Beyond revitalizing the industry, the plan will make Wisconsin a leader in sustainable manufacturing through the production of electric vehicles, solar panels, and windmills. In doing so, we’ll rebuild our economy and expand the exact opportunities that my friend Jesse Barnes, Mandela’s father, had as a UAW member on the assembly line — opportunities that allowed Jesse to build a middle class family and raise our next U.S. Senator from Wisconsin.”

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