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Sen. Sherrod Brown talks tax and trade in Lima

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Sen. Brown has been closely involved with NAFTA in the past; he proposed a four part plan to the current administration to renegotiate the NAFTA deal. Sen. Brown has been closely involved with NAFTA in the past; he proposed a four part plan to the current administration to renegotiate the NAFTA deal.
Representatives from Teamsters Local 908, Rudolph Foods, United Steelworkers Local 624, United Autoworkers Local 1219, and Mayor David Berger were part of the roundtable talk. Representatives from Teamsters Local 908, Rudolph Foods, United Steelworkers Local 624, United Autoworkers Local 1219, and Mayor David Berger were part of the roundtable talk.

As part of a tour through Western Ohio, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown made in stop in Lima to talk with local stakeholders about Ohio jobs, and the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA.

Sen. Brown has been closely involved with NAFTA in the past; he proposed a four part plan to the current administration to renegotiate the NAFTA deal.  Now
Sen. Brown is looking to see what local people had to say about how their work is affected by tax and trade policies currently in place.

"It’s mostly to hear what people in Lima say, whether they're Teamsters or ironworkers, or non-union workers, about what our tax and trade policy have done," said Sen. Brown.  "Right now if you shut down production in Lima or Ottawa and move them overseas, you get a tax deduction on it, and that makes no sense."

Representatives from Teamsters Local 908, Rudolph Foods, United Steelworkers Local 624, United Autoworkers Local 1219, and Mayor David Berger were part of the roundtable talk.  Keeping jobs in Ohio was a big talking point of the roundtable, and Sen. Brown says that he's hopeful that the current administration will take action soon to help local jobs stay local.

"Too many people in Allen County and all of our state and country have lost jobs because of NAFTA, because of CAFTA, because of China trade, and we need to do it right," said Sen. Brown.  "I’ve been talking to the  Administration and I hope they’ll start moving on renegotiating NAFTA in a way that works for workers - we haven’t seen it yet, but I’m still hopeful and I’m still going to keep fighting for it."

The Senator plans to take ideas from Lima and the other cities his visited back to Washington as NAFTA talks continue.

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