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Statement by Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga on U.S. Senate Passage of the Tax Reform Bill

December 2, 2017
For Immediate Release                        
Contact: Mike Gillis 216.334.9068
(Columbus, Ohio ) – Early this morning, the U.S. Senate passed its version of the tax reform bill.  In response to that development, Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga released the following statement:
 “Last year, Donald Trump and Rob Portman both ran as candidates that would look out for working Ohioans.  Today, it is with great disappointment that we see where their true intentions lie.  Instead of taking the opportunity to provide meaningful tax reform for working people, they passed a bill that ultimately rigs the rules against us in favor of their super-rich donors and corporations. This bill is a huge money grab by corporate interests that had their way with Senator Portman to get everything they wanted while the average Ohioan will have to pay more taxes, and see jobs and profits outsourced overseas.  They have, in effect, slapped working people in the face by doing the complete opposite of what they promised to get elected.”
“Senator Portman could do well to watch the example set by Ohio’s senior senator.  Senator Brown spoke out against this atrocity of a bill, and he did so in the name of the working people that he stands up for every day.  Senator Brown knows the harm this bill will bring to most Ohioans, and he knows better than to fall for the dishonest arguments that are being made in support of it.”


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