Michaud, who had worked in a paper mill for three decades, told PINE members that their work was central to supporting vibrant economies in local communities and that fair trade policies were needed to allow American businesses to not only survive but also flourish.
“One of my goals in co-founding the Congressional Paper Caucus and in advocating for American jobs over the course of my time on Capitol Hill is to ensure we’re doing everything we can to create environments where American businesses don’t just get by – but rather thrive,” said Michaud, according to a press release from his office. “I understand the perspective of many of those in the paper and printing industry, and they deserve trade policies that give them an opportunity to compete on a level playing field.”
In addition to trade policy, Michaud also spoke about the need to ensure government agencies maintain paper-based processes for critical services, including Social Security earnings statements, filing of taxes, and managing pension information.
Michaud began his career working in a paper mill in East Millinocket, the same mill where his father and grandfather worked.