Amy Hanauer, executive director of Policy Matters Ohio spoke with America’s Work Force on Dec. 12 to discuss why major tax cuts hurt communities.
Hanauer explained that taxes are needed so that we can invest in our communities and work to make them better places. Taxes help rebuild infrastructure, pay for new projects, support local programs, and more. She said that taxes are public investment, and the more that is contributed, the better the outcome. Hanauer mentioned that if there is another major tax break given to corporations, the communities will be the ones missing out because there will be less money being put into their projects and programs. She stated that she is disappointed when she sees major tax breaks be given out because it shows that there is less commitment to public interest and they care more about corporate greed. Lastly, she talked about the impact that lawmakers can have on their communities by fighting for things that are of public interest.
Desiree Hoffman, international representative for the United Auto Workers talked about the new trade deal, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). With the USMCA coming closer to being complete, she said that she would like to see how the labor laws included in the trade agreement are going to be enforced. Hoffman said improved labor laws and worker protections in the USMCA is a step in the right direction, but now there needs to be a way to enforce them and punish those who break these laws and protections. She also talked about legislation for the regulation of prescription drug prices.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about voter fraud in Ohio and the miniscule amount of voters that turned out to be fraudulent.
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