Congressman Dennis A. Ross (R-FL) will host his second Community Employment Fair in Polk County on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at the Polk State College -- Lakeland campus. This event, hosted in conjunction with Polk Works, will showcase dozens of local, statewide, national and international employers looking to hire.
While the job market is tight, local employers are currently hiring and actively matching them with job-seeking citizens is part of Congressman Ross' strategy to put Americans back to work.
In announcing this job fair, Congressman Ross said, "The sense of purpose, accomplishment and productivity that comes with a job cannot be bestowed by government. It is created and grown in the heart of every American worker and every American entrepreneur. It is my mission to ensure Washington sets policies that enable employers to grow, and to use the resources at my disposal to link willing employers with willing workers in my District. No matter the issue, having a job gives you a sense of self, enables you to participate in your community and gives you a vested interest in the way your government operates. I will not rest until every searching job-seeker has a job and every employer has an environment that is less regulated and burdened by our government so that they can expand our economy and hire those individuals willing to work."
Along with trying to match employers and employees, Congressman Ross is vigorously working to break down the barriers to starting new business and eliminating regulatory and tax uncertainty, so businesses can start hiring again. Some of the actions the Congressman has already taken include:
Eliminating Congressional Pension perks and treating Members of Congress no different than all other federal employees
Saving the Postal Service and preventing a $75 billion taxpayer bailout
Sponsoring three Balanced Budget Amendments, supported by over 75% of Floridians, to force Washington to get its fiscal house in order.
Introducing the Zero Based Budget Act to require Congress to budget like households do -- set priorities and only fund that which is necessary.
Supporting the elimination of the Capital Gains tax to encourage private sector capital return to the market.
Reign in out of control bureaucracies like the EPA and other agencies that are attempting to raise citizens' energy costs with no accountability.
Supporting the exploration of American energy in ANWR, the Gulf of Mexico, and elsewhere.
Eliminating the trillions in new spending for government controlled healthcare.
Getting the government out of the automobile, insurance, banking, student loan and mortgage business.
Returning government to essential government functions like infrastructure, public safety and defense, and letting innovators innovate.
Dennis Ross, son of Bill and Loyola Ross, was born in 1959 and raised in Lakeland, Florida. He graduated from Auburn University and the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. He has served as in-house counsel to the Walt Disney Company and as an associate of the law firm of Holland & Knight. He previously served in the Florida Legislature from 2000 until being term limited in 2008. Dennis and his wife, Cindy Hartley, were married in 1983 and have two sons, Shane and Travis.
In the 112th Congress, Dennis serves on the Committee on Oversight & Government Reform (Chairman of the Federal Workforce, Postal Service & Labor Policy Subcommittee) as well as the Education & the Workforce and Judiciary Committees.