A tough economy, flawed trade agreements,
rising health care costs and rising energy prices have put
many of Wisconsin’s working families in a difficult position.
But, at this critical juncture, our state’s unique strengths
and resources are a great cause for optimism. We can harness
Wisconsin’s tremendous workforce and innovative small businesses
to create jobs, provide opportunities for our workers, enhance
our economy, and lead the way – nationally and globally –
in addressing emerging challenges.
In September 2008, I introduced the E4 Initiative – dubbed
E4 because of its focus on Economy, Employment, Education,
and Energy – to help meet the challenges facing Wisconsin’s
working families. In order to do that, we need to boost small
business innovation, strengthen workforce development, support
job growth in the emerging energy sector, and build new education
partnerships. The E4 Initiative is part of my longstanding
effort to support the economic health of our communities,
as well as to protect workers’ rights and promote fair trade
policies, in the U.S. Senate.