Tax cuts and the economy have the Vice President on a nationwide tour and that tour brought Vice President Mike Pence to Ohio County on Thursday.
The Vice President has teamed up with America First Policies for the tour. Prior to the event Thursday, Vice President Pence was in major cities like St. Louis, Philadelphia, and Chicago.
The event featured a panel of business and service professionals, including West Virginia Governor Jim Justice.
“I think the best way to understand the impact of this tax act is really to talk with regular people,” said the moderator of the panel.
One of the panelists, Chris Miller, owns several car dealerships across West Virginia and Ohio, employing hundreds.
Miller said the tax reform has done wonders for his business and many of his employees.
“Once the tax bill was put into effect, I had several employees came up to me going ‘My check is wrong, I’ve got more money here than you normally pay me and I want to make sure there isn’t a mistake,’ and we literally got a chance to sit down and talk to each employee,” said Miller.
The general feeling in the room was that of support of the Trump administration and what they’re doing in Washington D.C. The question is, is tax reforming helping the Ohio Valley?
Business Development Corporation, Executive Director Patrick Ford discussed what he is seeing across our area.
“Just over the past couple of years, in Brooke and Hancock County alone, we’ve seen over $400M in private investment, our unemployment rate has been cut in half, and job numbers are at an all-time high,” Ford said.
At the end of the panel discussion, Governor Justice introduced the Vice President. The Vice President spoke about investing in our military and veterans, supporting law enforcement, and of course, tax reform.
“Since our President signed our historic tax cuts into law, more than 6 million Americans have received bonuses, pay raises, or bigger benefits including more than 14,800 workers right here in West Virginia,” said Vice President Pence.
His stop in Ohio County was the Vice President’s 22nd stop on his nationwide tour with America First Policies.