Sen. Sherrod Brown touts tax reform during local visit

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown said he is confident that lawmakers in Washington will approve a new tax reform package containing language he helped put together.

The senator was in town Tuesday morning, meeting with leaders from the local United Way.

He said his “Working Families Tax Relief Act” will restore tax credits for families that were removed by the reforms approved last year.

Brown believes that leaders on Capitol Hill will accept his ideas as part of a new package.

“They wrote it in the middle of the night, and I was on the committee and saw them do it, and they made mistakes and some of their special interests didn’t get helped, and they’re coming back and want to see a tax deal,” he said. 

Brown said his measure would offer tax breaks to more than 4 million people in Ohio who had taken Earned Income Tax or Child Tax Credits in the past.

While in the Valley, Brown also took a swipe at executives at General Motors, responding to new claims from the Ohio Democratic Party that GM took more than $100 million in tax breaks from Washington while laying off thousands of employees. Those layoffs included employees at GM’s Lordstown plant. 

Brown said GM has a history of taking advantage of tax policies and turning its back on taxpayers. 

“The CEO of General Motors told me in my office, face-to-face, that it costs too much to revamp a paint shop. Well, not as much as it costs to build a new plant in Mexico, so with the billions they got in tax breaks and the tens of millions that their executives get, they can figure out a way,” Brown said. 

Brown insists that GM executives should be reinvesting money from their tax breaks to retro-fit Lordstown for building SUVs or electric models.

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