Today, after passage of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, Senator Portman highlighted the strong support from Ohio small business leaders, manufacturers, farmers, retailers, restaurants and other state and local organizations for this legislation, which is designed to boost the middle class, increase jobs and wages for workers, and encourage jobs and investment in America, not overseas. Here’s what Ohio business leaders are saying about how this bill will help Ohio workers and families:

Ohio Farm Bureau appreciates Senator Portman for advocating for tax reform and for focusing on creating a tax system to promote economic growth, while recognizing the challenges faced by the agricultural industry of unpredictable income and low-margins.” — Frank Burkett, President, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation

Ohio’s manufacturers applaud today’s vote for tax reform by the U.S. Senate. Thank you to Senator Portman for his vote on this important bill and we look forward to his leadership on the final package to ensure that the tax issues most important to Ohio’s manufacturers are addressed.” — Eric Burkland, President, Ohio Manufacturers’ Association

The Senate bill would provide substantial relief to the vast majority of small businesses in Ohio, which they’ll reinvest in new jobs, new equipment, more inventory, better technology, and all of the things that will make our economy grow.” — Roger Geiger, VP/Executive Director, NFIB Ohio

It is way past time to modernize our tax code and make it a job creator, not a job destroyer!” — Andrew E. Doehrel, President & CEO, Ohio Chamber of Commerce

The Ohio Restaurant Association supports the Senate’s tax reform bill, which helps reduce the tax burden for the vast majority of our members. Our main focus is the success of the foodservice industry, which is the third largest employer in our state.  This tax reform bill allows our members to continue to invest, grow jobs, increase wages and opportunities for more than 570,000 Ohio restaurant and foodservice employees.” — John Barker, President & CEO, Ohio Restaurant Association

This tax reform proposal brings the U.S. tax code in line with the realities of today’s economy, to the benefit of Ohioans and Americans across the country.  We therefore support this landmark legislation to make these changes and deliver improved prosperity and quality of life to Ohio and American consumers. We especially thank Senator Rob Portman for his leadership on this issue and his clear insights into the needs of American citizens and businesses. The changes are essential to boosting American economic growth and consumer prosperity.” — Gordon Gough, President & CEO, Ohio Council of Retail Merchants

“The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber commends Congress for working to make the U.S. tax code more competitive. Pro-growth tax reform for businesses of all sizes will help our nearly 4,000 members better compete in the global economy.” Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

We are grateful for Senator Portman’s attention to the jobs of the future and improving the climate for business generation, investment and innovation in our state. The Columbus Region thrives on unique partnerships between our public and private sectors and smart tax reform will only accelerate a pro-growth environment which will continue to propel regions like ours forward.” — Alex Fischer, President & CEO, Columbus Partnership

The Columbus Chamber is enthused by efforts to accelerate much-needed tax reform. We applaud Senator Portman and our Ohio leaders for their work to provide relief to small businesses and boost economic growth. In the words of a Chamber member: ‘The current rate on pass-through income is stifling and hinders growth. Simply put, if the rate was lower, I would be able to hire more people.’ There is still work to be done, and the Chamber remains committed to working with our federal partners to bring a package across the finish line that will aid in advancing a thriving Columbus region.” — Don DePerro, President & CEO, Columbus Chamber of Commerce

We appreciate [Senator Portman’s] ongoing support for the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program and the Historic Tax Credit (HTC) program. You know first-hand the impact these essential economic development tools have on Cleveland and how they positively impact our economy. Thank you for leading the fight to have NMTC and HTC continued in the U.S. Senate version of the tax reform bill. We ask that you keep pushing these issues as the bill moves forward. Please let us know what we can do to help.” — Joe Roman, President & CEO, Greater Cleveland Partnership

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