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Economy | Pennsylvania

Hundreds of Pennsylvania Workers Laid Off by Companies While CEOs Reap Rewards of Trump Tax Bill

By Cole Driver on July 15, 2019.

Three companies with operations in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, laid off hundreds of workers since the start of 2018, sending jobs out of the country and closing plants while paying their CEOs multimillion-dollar salaries.

An analysis by the American Ledger shows that the tax cuts passed by the then-Republican Congress and signed by Trump in 2017 gave executives a boost but squeezed middle-class workers in this county, centered around Wilkes-Barre in the Pocono Mountains.

Trade | Pennsylvania

Trump’s Trade War is Wreaking Havoc On the Economic Security of Erie County Dairy Farmers

By Cole Driver on July 15, 2019.

In March 2018, dairy farmers in Erie County, Pennsylvania, received an unanticipated notice in the mail. Dean Foods, a local dairy processor in the area, which bought products from over 40 dairy farmers across Pennsylvania, gave farmers a 90-day notice that they would no longer be purchasing their products. 

Two months later, Dean Foods closed its Meadowbrook Dairy, and laid off over 100 employees in favor of shipping their business to a Wal-Mart-owned dairy operation in Indiana. 

Infrastructure | Pennsylvania

Despite Campaign Promises, Trump Has Failed to Deliver Pennsylvania Turnpike Fixes

By Cole Driver on July 15, 2019. Last edited July 15, 2019.

In a campaign rally in Hershey, Pennsylvania in November 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump promised Pennsylvanians he would pass an infrastructure plan to fix the Pennsylvania Turnpike, stating “My infrastructure plan will provide help for… did you ever hear of a place called the Pennsylvania Turnpike? Needs some help. Needs some work.” 
But nearly three years into President Trump’s first term, the Pennsylvania Turnpike is saddled with record debt and a crumbling infrastructure, and the president has yet to pass a single plan, or lift a finger to help rebuild it. 

Environment | Michigan

Trump Administration Blocked a Study on the Dangers of PFAS as Their Levels Rise in Battle Creek, Michigan’s Drinking Water

By Cole Driver on July 12, 2019.

In an emotional congressional hearing in September 2018, members of Congress pressed a Department of Defense official as to why test results showing high levels of PFAS in the groundwater at the Battle Creek Air National Guard Base in Calhoun County, Michigan, were held up in bureaucracy for months.

On the EPA’s website, PFAS are described as “a group of man-made chemicals that includes PFOA, PFOS, GenX, and many other chemicals” that have been “manufactured and used in a variety of industries around the globe, including in the United States since the 1940s.”

Environment | Pennsylvania

While Toxic Algae Takes Over Shorelines, the Trump Admin Quietly Attempted to Cut $270 Million in Great Lakes Conservation Efforts

By Cole Driver on July 9, 2019.

Every summer, Lake Erie - one of the five Great Lakes - draws thousands of tourists to its beaches, generating millions in economic revenue supporting the livelihoods of many Erie County, Pennsylvania residents, families and businesses.

But something is in the water in Lake Erie.

Accountability | New Hampshire

NH Republican Don Bolduc Enlisted Shady Financial Advisor Fined by NH Securities Watchdog as a Validator for His Senate Campaign Launch

By Cole Driver on July 1, 2019.

Scott Trendell, a controversial supporter of newly announced New Hampshire U.S. Senate Republican hopeful Don Bolduc, was once forced to pay over $35,000 in an out-of-court settlement in a case alleging Trendell intentionally recommended unsuitable stock that cost his client more than $55,000 in losses.

Accountability | Maine

Alleged Champion of LGBTQ Rights Susan Collins Voted for 9 of Donald Trump’s Anti-LGBTQ Judicial Nominees

By Cole Driver on June 28, 2019.

On June 14, 2019 Maine Republican Susan Collins came out strongly against Trump judicial nominee Matthew Kacsmaryk, citing his “alarming bias against LGBTQ Americans and disregard for Supreme Court precedents.” What Collins didn’t say was that, precluding this public admonishment, she had voted for at least eight other Trump judicial nominees who ruled on multiple occasions against LGBTQ equality.

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