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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.

Economy | Michigan

Trump’s Tariffs Set to Cost Michigan Auto Industry Billions, Boosting Prospects for Further Layoffs

By Cole Driver on June 5, 2019.

In the wake of President Trump’s announcement of an additional 5% tariff on imports from Mexico, a new study shows that major Michigan auto manufacturers stand to lose billions in profit.

Economy | Minnesota

Minnesota Rep. Jim Hagedorn Falsely Claims No American Goes to Sleep Hungry

By Cole Driver on April 29, 2019. Last edited April 30, 2019.

Ignoring the reality for the millions in his own state who struggle to put food on the table, U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn, R-Minn., said Tuesday that he believes no American goes to bed hungry.

Accountability

Whitaker Didn’t Want Iowa to Buy American Steel

By Chad Smith on December 5, 2018.

President Donald Trump’s hand-picked choice to lead the Justice Department once lobbied against a bill requiring state and local contractors in Iowa to use U.S.-manufactured steel, iron and other building materials, according to state records.

Economy | Arkansas

French Hill Supports Medicare Cuts, Opposes Minimum Wage Hike in Debate

By Chad Smith on October 9, 2018.

A Republican congressman said Monday he supports cuts to Medicare and Social Security in order to balance the federal budget while declaring opposition to a ballot measure to raise Arkansas’ minimum wage. There was a marked contrast on economic issues between Rep. French Hill, R-Ark., and his Democratic challenger, state Rep. Clarke Tucker, during Monday’s debate.