Kim Teehee: 'Built to Last' blueprint includes Indian Country

"In yesterday’s State of the Union address, the President laid out a blueprint for an economy that’s built to last – an economy built on American manufacturing, American energy, skills for American workers, and a renewal of American values. The President has been clear that we need to do more to create jobs and help economic growth. But under his leadership and thanks to action taken by the President, the economy is growing again. The economy has added a total of nearly 3.2 million private sector jobs over the last 22 months.

Last night, the President outlined a series of ideas to build an economy that works for everyone, one that will bring about a new era of American manufacturing, and promote homegrown and alternative energy sources. The President’s Blueprint for an America Built to Last includes the following initiatives that will benefit Indian Country:

Prevent tax increases for Native American families by extending the payroll tax cut: The President challenged Congress to strengthen the economic recovery by extending the payroll tax cut for the rest of the year so that taxes don’t go up on American workers. About 1.5 million Native American workers – throughout urban, rural, reservation and village communities – will benefit from the extension and expansion of the payroll tax cut, giving them and their families more money to keep our local economies strong at this critical time. Today, one of the most important ways we can continue to support economic growth in Indian Country is through the extension of the payroll tax cut. "

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