Unlike other organizations representing large manufacturing corporations, TMA is exclusively focused on current public policy affecting manufacturing that benefits small and mid-size manufacturers by establishing a strong, pro-growth manufacturing environment. Three of TMA's primary areas of focus are:
In a global economy where job-creating manufacturers bid against both national and international competition, the level of taxes a business is forced to pay materially affects winning bids, and puts at risk good-paying jobs and economic benefits that result from manufacturing activity. | TMA seeks to:
✓ Phase out the Cook County property tax classification system and put manufacturers on an even footing with all property tax payers.
✓ Cap the growth of property taxes until Illinois is at least “average” in the U.S.
✓ Reduce cumulative taxation (e.g. income, sales, unemployment, etc.), which negatively impacts competitiveness.
The regulatory burden imposed on job-creating manufacturers results in outlays that must be incorporated in the cost of production. Imposing regulations on the employee/employer relationship result in less employment and laid off or un-hired employees/citizens. Similarly, zoning or code requirements that obligate manufacturers to adhere to property standards that relate better to residential neighborhoods increase costs that can cause them to lose competitive bids. | TMA seeks to:
✓ Repeal all government regulations of the employee/employer relationship.
✓ Require independent review and publication of the cost of new state and local regulations.
✓ Implement simple appeal and bypass procedures for existing regulations.
✓ Require local governments to confer with local manufacturers and other employers.
Illinois operates an extensive and expensive public education system that is funded by some of the highest property taxes in the nation. Despite this investment, job-creating manufacturers report significant frustration with the readiness of graduating students to meet basic job requirements. Additionally, many school leaders lack a realistic understanding of the state’s job market and the importance of manufacturing to the region. The expanding “skills-gap” in manufacturing has been identified as one of the most critical threats to our country’s economic future. | TMA seeks to:
✓ Engage, encourage, and elect officials who understand and advocate for manufacturing.
✓ Hold college and school officials accountable for their student’s job readiness and competency.
✓ Tie future funding of education – at all levels – to demonstrated progress toward goals that provide students with a high quality and useful education.
✓ Encourage education leaders to meet with employers to understand their needs and perspectives.
✓ Advocate for more manufacturing-skills education in high schools, vocational schools and colleges.