Browns donors

FACT: Sherrod Brown has taken more than $3.5 million from PACs this election.

FACT: Sherrod Brown has taken more money from Hollywood than any other Senator this cycle.

FACT: Sherrod Brown has taken more money from teachers’ unions than any other Senator this cycle.

FACT: Sherrod Brown has taken more money from health professionals than any other Senator this cycle.

FACT: Sherrod Brown has taken more money from hospitals and nursing homes than any other Senator this cycle.

FACT: Sherrod Brown has taken more money from gun control groups that any other Senator this cycle.

FACT: Sherrod Brown has raised more money from lawyers and law firms than any other group this cycle, raising more than $3.5 million from them alone.

FACT: Sherrod Brown has raised more than half a million dollars from big banks and insurance companies.

FACT: Sherrod Brown has raised more than $600,000 from pharmaceutical companies.

Sherrod Brown’s Donors 

Sherrod Brown Has Collected $29,725,596 Into His LPAC And Campaign Accounts For The 2018 Cycle. (“Sherrod Brown,” OpenSecrets.org, Accessed 10/11/18)

Sherrod Brown Has Collected $3,590,358 from PACs This Cycle. (“Sherrod Brown,” OpenSecrets.org, Accessed 10/24/18)

Sherrod Brown Has Taken More Money From Hollywood Than Any Other Senator This Cycle, Collecting $357,114.  (“Motion Picture Production & Distribution,” OpenSecrets.org, Accessed 10/24/18)

Sherrod Brown Has Taken More Money From Teachers Unions Than Any Other Senator This Cycle, Collecting At Least $29,714.  (“Teachers Unions,” OpenSecrets.org, Accessed 10/24/18)

Sherrod Brown Has Taken More Money From Health Professionals Than Any Other Senator This Cycle, Collecting At Least $1,022,862.  (“Health Professionals,” OpenSecrets.org, Accessed 10/24/18)

Sherrod Brown Has Taken More Money From Hospitals And Nursing Homes Than Any Other Senator This Cycle, Collecting At Least $422,610.  (“Hospitals and Nursing Homes,” OpenSecrets.org, Accessed 10/24/18)

Sherrod Brown Has Taken More Money From Gun Control Groups Than Any Other Senator This Cycle Than Any Other Senator, Collecting $178,200.  (“Gun Control,” OpenSecrets.org, Accessed 10/24/18)

Sherrod Brown Has Accepted $3,515,846 From Lawyers And Law Firms This Cycle, Making Them The Top Industry To Donate To Him. (“Sherrod Brown,” OpenSecrets.org, Accessed 10/24/18)

Sherrod Brown Has Taken More Than Half A Million Dollars From Bankers And The Financial Services Industry. (Sherrod Brown, Political Action Committees 2017-2018, Finance Insurance and Real Estate,” OpenSecrets.org, Accessed 10/17/18)

Sherrod Brown Has Raised $637,587 From Pharmaceutical Companies. (“Pharmaceutical Companies, OpenSecrets.org, Accessed 10/20/18)

Sherrod Brown Doesn’t Put Ohio First

FACT: Sherrod Brown supported term limits, even voting for a Constitutional amendment to create term limits – until he realized they would force him to leave his favorite place in the world, Washington DC.

FACT: In 1997, Sherrod Brown said he thought term limits should be retroactive because it’s hypocritical for “old timers” who praise term limits to support anything else.

FACT: Brown also said term limits would “cleanse the system” of arrogant lawmakers who overstay their time in the Capitol.
SHERROD BROWN: “Voters support term limits because they want to get rid of the people who have been here for 20 or 30 years.”

FACT: Sherrod Brown has collected more money from environmentalist groups than any other Senator this cycle except one.

FACT: Sherrod Brown said, “There is no war on coal. Period.”

SHOT: Sherrod Brown said “I trust Hillary Clinton on fighting for families…I trust Hillary Clinton on manufacturing and trade policy.”
CHASER: Hillary Clinton said, “We’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.”

FACT: Sherrod Brown consistently supported unnecessary and burdensome regulations that hurt Ohio’s coal industry.

FACT: Sherrod Brown has taken more than $3.5 million from PACs this election.

FACT: Sherrod Brown has raised more money from lawyers and law firms than any other group this cycle, raising more than $3.5 million from them alone.

FACT: Earlier this year Sherrod Brown voted to shutdown the government because he was unwilling to collaborate on a solution to immigration.

FACT: Sherrod Brown voted against setting a mandatory minimum of five years for deported felons who illegally re-enter the United States.

FACT: Sherrod Brown has voted twice against withholding federal funding for sanctuary cities.

FACT: Sherrod Brown has consistently voted against the border wall, calling it “ludicrous.”

FACT: Sherrod Brown has voted with his party 97% of the time.

FACT: Sherrod Brown is ranked the 4th most liberal Senator compared to those serving 10 or more years.

Brown Supported Term Limits – Before He Opposed Them

In February 1997, Brown Voted For A Constitutional Amendment To Create Congressional Term-Limits – Two Terms For Senators, And Six Terms For House Members.  (H.J. Res. 2, Roll Call Vote #21: Failed 217-211, 2/12/97, Brown Voted Yea; CQ Summary Accessed 4/26/17)

Brown Said The 12-Year Term Limit Should Be Retroactive, Because “Voters Support Term Limits Because They Want To Get Rid Of The People Who Have Been Here For 20 Or 30 Years…” “Brown said the 12-year term limit should be retroactive, and that it is hypocritical for ‘old-timers’ who praise term limits to support anything else. ‘Voters support term limits because they want to get rid of the people who have been here for 20 or 30 years, like Newt Gingrich or Dick Gephardt,’ Brown said.” (“Term Limits Bill Falls Far Short In House,” The Plain Dealer, 2/13/97)

In December 1997, Brown Said Term-Limits Would “Cleanse The System” Of Arrogant Lawmakers Who Overstay Their Time In The Capitol. “Brown, who voted for the defeated term-limits amendment last February, says the idea has appeal in that it would ‘cleanse the system’ of arrogant lawmakers who overstay their time in the Capitol. One the other hand, he said, it would also give even more power to lobbyists and congressional staff.” (Tom Diemer, “Group Urges U.S. Legislators To Sign Term-Limit Pledges,” The Plain Dealer, 12/5/97)

In 2004, Brown Broke His Term-Limit Pledge And Ran For A Seventh Term. “‘Frankly, I’ve watched the state Legislature and … I’ve changed my mind,’ said Democratic Rep. Sherrod Brown, who argues term limits have kept local lawmakers more focused on learning the ropes and being re-elected than dealing with problems such as school funding, health care and the budget.” (Malia Rulon, “Three Ohioans Running Again Despite Term Limit Pledges,” The Associated Press, 4/8/04)

Brown Votes Against Ohio Coal Miners

Sherrod Brown Has Raised More Money From Environmentalists Than Any Other Senator This Cycle Except One, Raising $350,065. (“Environment,” OpenSecrets.org, Accessed 10/24/18)

Brown Voted Against Creating A 60-Vote Point Of Order Against Any Legislation That Causes Significant Job Losses In Manufacturing-Dependent Or Coal Dependent Regions. (Roll Call Vote #142, 4/2/09, Brown Voted Nay)

Brown Voted Against Disapproving Obama’s Clean Power Plan And The EPA’s Carbon Emissions Rule For New Power Plants, Which Would Raise Utility Prices. (Roll Call Vote #306, 11/17/15, Brown Voted Nay; Roll Call Vote #307, 11/17/15, Brown Voted Nay; National Conference Of State Legislatures, 4/18/16; U.S. Energy Information Administration, 6/21/16; Energy Ventures Analysis, 2014)

VIDEO: Brown: “I Trust Hillary Clinton On Manufacturing And Trade Policy. … And I Trust Her On Carrying Out The Right Kind Of Trade Policy.” BROWN: “I trust Hillary Clinton on manufacturing and trade policy. She has bar none by far the best, most thought out way to bring manufacturing back in this country. And I trust her on carrying out the right kind of trade policy. She’s going to have a special super prosecutor that reports directly to the president on trade policy, and on trade enforcement. She’s going to go after fighting on currency issues because we know how China cheats on currency. She’s going to triple the trade enforcement staff and efforts to enforce trade agreements so Vallourec Steel and U.S. Steel and so many other companies don’t continue to have the rug pulled out from under them because other countries dump their products into this country. And, she understands as we all understand in the Mahoning Valley. She understands what happens with trade agreements when you don’t do them right on autos. Her opposition to the trans pacific partnership is for a lot of things. One of them is something called rules of origin on auto manufacturing and if we don’t get our way, if we would lose on this, it means cars assembled more than 50 percent in China could backdoor their way into the us market. She won’t allow that as U.S president. She’s fought on that, she’ll continue to fight on that. That’s real jobs in Lordstown. That’s real jobs in the valley.” (Sen. Sherrod Brown, Hillary For America Campaign Rally, Youngstown, Ohio, 3/12/16)

VIDEO: On March 13, 2016, Hillary Clinton Said That The Country Must Move Away From Coal, And That She Would “Put A Lot Of Coal Miners And Coal Companies Out Of Business.”(CNN, 3/13/16) 

Brown Puts Party Loyalty First – Not Ohioans

Over His 25-Year Career In Congress, Brown Voted With His Party, On Average, 97 Percent Of The Time. (CQ Vote Studies, 2/10/18)

While In The Senate From 2007 To 2017, Brown Voted With His Party, On Average, 98 Percent Of The Time. (CQ Vote Studies, 2/10/18)

While In The House Of Representatives From 1993 To 2006, Brown Voted With His Party, On Average, 96 Percent Of The Time. (CQ Vote Studies, 4/10/17)

From 2009 To 2016, Brown Voted With President Obama, On Average, 95 Percent Of The Time. (CQ Vote Studies, 4/10/17)

As Of October 2018, Brown Has Voted Against President Trump On Policy 79.2 Percent Of The Time. (FiveThirtyEight’s Tracking Congress In The Age Of Trump, Accessed 9/20/18)

Sherrod Brown Is The 4th Most Liberal Senator Compared To Those Serving Ten Or More Years. (“Sen. Sherrod Brown’s 2017 Report Card,” GovTrack, Accessed 10/11/18)

Brown Puts Illegal Immigrants First – Not Ohio Families

On January 19, 2018, Brown Voted Against Cloture On The Four-Week Continuing Appropriations, Which Would Fund The Government Through February 16, 2018 And CHIP Through 2023. (H.R. 195, Roll Call Vote #14: Motion Rejected 50-49, 1/19/18, Brown Voted Nay; CQ Summary, Accessed 1/24/18)

In February 2018, Brown Voted Against President Trump’s Endorsed Plan To Provide A Pathway To Citizenship For Dreamers And Fund The Border Wall. (Roll Call Vote #36, 2/15/18, Brown Voted Nay)

Brown Voted Against Setting A Mandatory Minimum Of Five Years Imprisonment For Deported Felons Who Illegally Re-Enter The United States. (Roll Call Vote #280, 10/20/15, Brown Voted Nay)

Brown Voted Twice Against Withholding Certain Law Enforcement Grants For Sanctuary Cities. (Roll Call Vote #280, 10/20/15, Brown Voted Nay; Roll Call Vote #34, 2/15/18, Brown Voted Nay)

Brown Has Consistently Voted Against A Border Fence. (Roll Call Vote #151, 6/18/13, Brown Voted Nay; Roll Call Vote #172, 5/27/10, Brown Voted Nay; Roll Call Vote #220, 7/8/09, Brown Voted Nay; Roll Call Vote #60, 3/13/08, Brown Voted Nay)

Sherrod Brown: “I Think The Border Wall Is Ludicrous.” (“Meet the Press,” NBC, 8/27/17)

Math is hard

Ummm…If you multiply 155,000 donors times $42, you get approximately $6.51 million. In the third quarter, Brown raised $3.75 million and overall, he’s raised $27 million. So his math doesn’t make sense.

This isn’t the first time Brown’s fundraising numbers haven’t added up. In the third quarter, Brown raised $3.75 million and according to press reports, his campaign reported almost 39,000 donors with an average donation of $42.

The Toledo Blade: “The campaign says nearly 39,000 people contributed an average of $42 in the third quarter.”

But if you do the math, that’s only $1.638 million – not $3.75 million. Even if you remove the PAC contribution, he still raised more than $2.85 million from individuals.

I understand Sherrod. Math can be hard.

Hypocrite Alert

“Sherrod Brown is such a hypocrite. Behind closed doors, Brown’s taken more than half a million dollars from big banks and insurance companies this cycle alone – the same ones providing all those student loans he’s publicly complaining about right now.” Brittany Martinez, Renacci for Senate

FACT: Sherrod Brown has taken more than half a million dollars from big banks and insurance companies this cycle alone – the same ones providing all those student loans he’s complaining about now.

Sherrod Brown Has Taken More Than Half A Million Dollars From Bankers And The Financial Services Industry. (Sherrod Brown, Political Action Committees 2017-2018, Finance Insurance and Real Estate,” OpenSecrets.org, Accessed 10/17/18)

The Tax Cuts Do Not Contain a 50% Off Coupon for Companies Who Move Overseas

Brown says this consistently on the campaign trail and it’s just not true. In fact, we expect higher tax revenue because of this new provision.

From Brown’s Op-Ed: “Under their law, companies earning profits in Hamilton County pay a 21 percent tax rate. But if those companies send jobs to Wuhan, China or Reynosa, Mexico, they owe just a 10.5 percent rate on some of those overseas profits. It’s like handing out 50 percent off coupons to corporations that send jobs overseas.”

·  Before the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, companies that moved jobs overseas were paying 0% U.S. tax after planning. It was a loophole that large, multinational corporations used to avoid paying the high US corporate tax rate.

·  Now, thanks to a new provision known as GILTI, they’re paying 10.5%That’s revenue that was not getting taxed under the old law. (Cite found in Table 1, second row)

· In other words, it was a provision that closed a tax loophole and ended up being a tax INCREASE on these companies – not a cut. As a matter of fact, the Joint Committee on Taxation estimates this tax will bring in $112.4 billion in NEW revenue between 2017 and 2027. That’s new revenue that wasn’t coming in under the old law. (Cite found on page 7)

Ohio Farmers, Businesses and Manufactures Supported the South Korea, Panama and Columbia Free Trade Agreements

FACT: The Ohio Farm Bureau supported the free trade agreements with South Korea, Columbia and Panama.
FACT: Sherrod Brown opposed all three agreements, once again voting against Ohio farmers.

FACT: The Chamber of Commerce Supported the free trade agreements with South Korea, Columbia, and Panama.
FACT: Sherrod Brown opposed all three agreements, once again voting against Ohio businesses.

FACT: The National Association of Manufacturers urged support of the South Korea, Columbia and Panama free trade agreements.
FACT: Sherrod Brown opposed all three agreements, once again voting against Ohio manufacturers.

FACT: Sherrod Brown’s claim that he supports Ohio manufacturing workers doesn’t hold water. According to NAM, he’s voted against Ohio manufacturers more than 80% of the time this Congress.
FACT: Jim Renacci has voted for Ohio manufacturers 100% of the time.

RESEARCH

The Ohio Farm Bureau Supported The Free Trade Agreements With South Korea, Columbia And Panama. “The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) thanks members of Ohio’s congressional delegation who voted to approve the Free Trade Agreements with South Korea, Columbia and Panama…More than 12,000 Ohio companies sell products abroad with 88 percent of these firms being small or medium sized businesses. Nearly 26 percent of Ohio’s manufacturing jobs are dependent on exports and Ohio farm product exports are valued near $3 billion dollars per year.” (“Ohio Farm Bureau Statement on Approval of Free Trade Agreements,” The Ohio Farm Bureau, 11/14/11)

The US Chamber Of Commerce Urged Support Of The South Korea, Columbia And Panama. (“US Chamber Hails Passage of Free Trade Agreements,” US Chamber of Commerce Website, 10/11/11)

The National Association Of Manufacturers Urged Support Of The South Korea, Columbia and Panama Free Trade Agreement. “With a stagnant economy and unemployment still above 9 percent, these three agreements will provide our economy with a much-needed economic boost to create jobs. The U.S. International Trade Commission estimates that the agreements will increase exports by $13 billion, which comes at a critical time in our recovery.” (“Manufacturers: Free Trade Agreements Will Create Jobs,” National Association of Manufacturers, 11/3/11)

Sherrod Brown Has An 18% Voting Record with NAM For The 115th Congress. (115th Voting Record, National Association of Manufacturers, Accessed 6/20/18)

Jim Renacci Has A 100% Voting Record With NAM For the 115th Congress. (115th Voting Record, National Association of Manufacturers, Accessed 6/20/18)

Sherrod Brown Has Called Republicans Nazis at Least Three Times

So much for civil discourse. On at least THREE separate occasions, Sherrod Brown has referred to Republicans as Nazis.

Once in 2011:

“Ohio Senator: GOP Tries to Take Down Unions, and So Did Hitler and Stalin.” (Jordan Fabian, “Ohio Senator: GOP Tries to Take Down Unions, and So Did Hitler and Stalin,” The Hill, 3/3/11)

“U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown apologized today for citing the name of Adolf Hitler and other tyrants as among those who have opposed labor unions, just as Republican lawmakers in Ohio and Wisconsin are opposing union rights today…His remarks nevertheless drew fire in Washington as well on the internet, with even some Democrats opining that if a politician doesn’t intend to make comparisons with Hitler, it’s just not good to invoke his name.” (Stephen Koff, “Sherrod Brown Apologizes for Hitler Remarks,” The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 3/5/11)

Once in 1992:

“Brown, at the time running for a congressional seat, had taken to making a joke about the location – ‘Berlin, I mean Houston’ — of the Republican National Convention during his stump speech. A campaign spokesman told The Plain Dealer that a supporter of Brown’s opponent whose family fled Nazi-occupied Poland found the comparison offensive, and told Brown so after an event. ‘He (the man) was obviously upset at (Brown’s remarks). Sherrod took his suggestion and thought it was a good idea,’ said the spokeswoman, Kim Grace.” (Andrew Tobias, “8 Times Richard Cordray and Other Ohio Politicians Made Nazi References,” The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 7/3/18)

And once in 1991:

“Brown insisted that if his campaign records were on state computers, someone else put them there. ‘If there are campaign records in the computer, I’d take a close look at the Hitler youth in the Ohio Republican Party,’ he said. ‘If any of my campaign records are in a state computer, it would be a good guess that they are the ones who entered it in the computer.’” (Jim Underwood, “Brown Denies Computer Misuse,” The Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Sherrod Brown Supports Medicare for All

FACT: Sherrod Brown repeatedly expressed his support for single payer, also known as Medicare for All, and has co-sponsored legislation that would enact Medicare for All.

FACT: Sherrod Brown has said that his Medicare at 55 legislation is only meant to serve as a stepping stone to get the country to Medicare for All.

FACT: Sherrod Brown fought to have a public option, also known as socialized medicine, in Obamacare and introduced two amendments to include a public option in the bill.

FACT: Brown was an original co-sponsor of a resolution in 2016 that would add a public option to Obamacare.

FACT: Bernie Sanders Medicare for All bill is estimated to cost American taxpayers more than $32 trillion.

SHOT: Sherrod Brown says Medicare proves a public option will work.
CHASER: Medicare is expected to go bankrupt by 2026.

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Research – Jobs/Economy

Unemployment at Historic Lows Thanks to Tax Cuts, Trump Economy

NPR: “US Unemployment Rate Drops To 3.7 Percent, Lowest In Nearly 50 Years.” (Avie Schneider, “US Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.7 Percent, Lowest in Nearly 50 Years,” NPR, 10/5/18)

Jobs Were Added In Transportation, Construction, Manufacturing And Health Care In September. “In September, professional and business services grew by 54,000, transportation and warehousing jobs by nearly 24,000, construction by 23,000, manufacturing by 18,000 and health care by nearly 30,000.” (Avie Schneider, “US Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.7 Percent, Lowest in Nearly 50 Years,” NPR, 10/5/18)

GDP Grew At 4.1 Percent In The Second Quarter In 2018. “Gross domestic product grew at a solid 4.1 percent pace in the second quarter, its best pace since 2014, boosting hopes that the economy is ready to break out of its decade-long slumber.” (Jeff Cox, “Second-Quarter GDP Jumps 4.1% for Best Pace in Nearly Four Years,” CNBC, 7/27/18)

“Manufacturers Are On Track To Record Their Highest Confidence Levels In The Survey’s 20-Year History.” “The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) quarterly outlook survey showed that in the third quarter, 92.5 percent of manufacturing executives had a positive outlook for their business. In 2018, manufacturers are on track to record their highest confidence levels in the survey’s 20-year history, thanks in part to the Trump administration’s economic agenda, which included comprehensive tax reform and reduction in regulations.” (Brittany De Lea, “American Manufacturers on Track for Most Optimistic Year in at Least 2 Decades,” Fox News, 10/5/18)

Almost 3.5 Million Jobs Have Been Added From November 2016 Through June 2018. (Louis Jacobson, “Fact-Checking Donald Trump’s Talking Points about the Economy,” PolitiFact, 7/27/18)

PolitiFact: “Manufacturing Jobs Did Decline By 192,000 Under Obama, And Since Trump’s Election, They have Increased By 373,000.” (Louis Jacobson, “Fact-Checking Donald Trump’s Talking Points about the Economy,” PolitiFact, 7/27/18)

Brown Votes Against Small Businesses 100% of the Time

According to the Small Business Administration, There Are 944,797 Small Businesses In Ohio, Making Up 99.6% Of Ohio Businesses. As of 2015, they Employed 2.2 Million Ohioans, Making Up 46% of the Private Sector Workforce. (“2018 Small Business Profile,” Small Business Administration, Accessed 10/5/18)

Jim Renacci Has A 100% Voting Record With NFIB This Congress. (Federal Advocacy, Congressional Report Card, NFIB Website, Accessed 7/28/18)

Sherrod Brown Has A 0% Voting Record With NFIB This Congress. (Federal Advocacy, Congressional Report Card, NFIB Website, Accessed 7/28/18)

Brown Votes Against Manufacturers 90% of the Time

“Manufacturers Are On Track To Record Their Highest Confidence Levels In The Survey’s 20-Year History.” “The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) quarterly outlook survey showed that in the third quarter, 92.5 percent of manufacturing executives had a positive outlook for their business. In 2018, manufacturers are on track to record their highest confidence levels in the survey’s 20-year history, thanks in part to the Trump administration’s economic agenda, which included comprehensive tax reform and reduction in regulations.” (Brittany De Lea, “American Manufacturers on Track for Most Optimistic Year in at Least 2 Decades,” Fox News, 10/5/18)

There Are More Than 620,000 Manufacturing Workers In Ohio As Of 2017. (“Ohio Manufacturing Facts, National Association of Manufacturers, Accessed 10/20/18)

Jim Renacci Has A 100% Voting Record With NAM For the 115th Congress. (115th Voting Record, National Association of Manufacturers, Accessed 6/20/18)

Sherrod Brown Votes Against Manufacturers More than 80% Of The Time For The 115th Congress. (115th Voting Record, National Association of Manufacturers, Accessed 6/20/18)

Sherrod Brown Voted Against the Tax Cuts That Are Growing Jobs in Ohio

In December 2017, Brown Opposed The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act. (Roll Call Vote #323, Brown Voted Nay, 12/20/17)

Sherrod Brown Calls The Tax Cut A Scam. “’[The Democrats have] gone farther to the left than ever before. I mean, you need to only look at Ohio’s Sen. Sherrod Brown to prove it,’ Pence told the audience. ‘I mean, the hardworking men and women of Ohio deserve to know, when it came time to cut your taxes, Sen. Sherrod Brown voted no,’ he continued. ‘Sherrod Brown actually voted no because he called these historic tax cuts a ‘scam,’’ Pence said. ‘The truth is, our tax cuts are delivering a middle-class miracle in Columbus and across Ohio. That’s the truth.’” (Josh Bowden, “Pence Knocks Sherrod Brown, Boosts Renacci,” The Hill, 6/15/18)

Brown Again Refers To The Tax Cuts As A Scam. “Another day, another way the @GOP’s tax scam rewards big companies – not hardworking families.” (Twitter Account of Sherrod Brown, @SherrodBrown, 6/19/18)

The Tax Cuts Are Helping Ohio Workers

Personal Incomes In Ohio Grew 4.7 Percent In The First Quarter of 2018. (Bureau of Economic Analysis, Press Release: State Personal Income: First Quarter 2018, 6/21/18)

According To The Tax Policy Center, 68.7% Of Ohioans Saw A Tax Cut On Average Of $1890 Per Year and Ohio Average Federal Tax Declined By 8.3%. (Frank Sammartino, Philip Stallworth and David Weiner, “Report: The Effect of the TCJA Individual Income Tax Provisions across Income Groups and across the States,” Tax Policy Center, 3/28/18)

Ohio Has Gained More Than 70,000 Jobs In 2018, Which Is More Than 40,000 More Jobs Gained Than During The Same Period In 2017. This Is A 132% Increase In Jobs Gained. (Databases, Tables & Calculators by Subject,” Bureau of Labor Statistics, Accessed 8/15/18)

Job Growth In Ohio Has Accelerated Since The GOP Tax Cuts Passed In Late December, Adding 42,400 Jobs In The First 4 Months Of 2018, Compared To 32,200 In All Of 2017. (“State And Area Employment, Hours, And Earnings,” Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 6/14/18)

In January 2018 Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co., Based In Columbus, OH, Announced That After The Passage Of The Tax Reform Bill They Would Be Giving Employees Bonuses And Increasing 401(k) Match. “Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. is joining a number of major financial institutions in giving bonuses to employees following the tax reform passed by Congress right before Christmas. The Columbus-based insurer announced Wednesday that it’s giving a $1,000 discretionary bonus to employees and managers below the company’s senior ranks, and starting this year will increase its 401(k) match for employees to 50 percent on the first 7 percent of an employee’s contribution, up from 6 percent. About 29,000 of the company’s 33,000 employees nationwide will get a bonus, while all of its workforce will benefit from the 401(k) match.” (Tristan Navera, “About 29,000 Nationwide Employees To Get A $1,000 Bonus,” Columbus Business First, 1/3/18)

Nationwide Is The Largest Private Company In Columbus, With 13,750 Employees In Central Ohio. “Nationwide is the largest private company in Columbus, with a 2016 company revenue of $40.1 billion, according to the 2016-2017 CBF Book of Lists. It has 13,570 employees in Central Ohio.” (Tristan Navera, “About 29,000 Nationwide Employees To Get A $1,000 Bonus,” Columbus Business First, 1/3/18)

In December 2017, Cincinnati-Based Fifth Third Bancorp Raised Its Minimum Wage To $15 An Hour Because Of Tax Reform, Resulting In A Pay Increase For 3,000 Of Its Employees. “Fifth Third Bancorp is putting something extra in the stockings – and paychecks – of its employees, thanks to the newly approved tax cuts.  Cincinnati-based Fifth Third (Nasdaq: FITB), one of Central Ohio’s largest banks, will boost its minimum wage for all employees to $15 an hour. That’s a pay hike for about 3,000 of its hourly employees.” (Steve Watkins, “Fifth Third Giving Pay Raises TO Most Of Its Workers, Thanks To The Tax Deal,” Cincinnati Business Courier, 12/21/17)

Fifth Third Bancorp Also Announced More Than 13,500 Employees Would Get Bonuses. “On top of that, Fifth Third will dole out a $1,000 bonus to about 13,625 employees. Those bonuses go to employees up to a certain job level with senior managers and executive leaders excluded.” (Steve Watkins, “Fifth Third Giving Pay Raises To Most Of Its Workers, Thanks To The Tax Deal,” Cincinnati Business Courier, 12/21/17)

Overall, Fifth Third Bancorp Employees Will Receive A Bonus Or A Pay Increase Because of Tax Reform. “About 75 percent of Fifth Third’s employees will get a pay raise or a bonus. Fifth Third had 17,844 full-time-equivalent employees as of the end of 2016. It has about 550 employees in Central Ohio across 71 branches.” (Steve Watkins, “Fifth Third Giving Pay Raises TO Most Of Its Workers, Thanks To The Tax Deal,” Cincinnati Business Courier, 12/21/17)

Walmart, The Biggest Employer In Ohio, Announced That Because Of Tax Reform, They Were Raising Their Minimum Wage To $11 An Hour, And Employees Would Be Getting Bonuses Of Up To $1,000. “Walmart is raising its minimum wage and handing out tax cut bonuses because of the new Republican tax law. The retail company said the wage hike to $11 an hour would roll out in February. Employees are also getting a one-time bonus of up to $1,000.” (“Walmart Is Raising Its Minimum Wage And Handing Out Tax Cut Bonuses,” Fox 8 Cleveland, 1/11/18)

Walmart Also Announced Expanded Maternal And Parental Leave Policies, And The Creation Of A Benefit To Assist Associates With Adoption Expenses. “Because of the tax reform law, Walmart says it’s also creating a new benefit to assist associates with adoption expenses. The benefit, which will be available to full-time hourly and salaried workers, will total $5,000 per child. The company said it’s also expanding its parental and maternity leave policy. Full-time hourly workers in the United States will get 10 weeks of paid maternity leave and six weeks of paid parental leave. The changes affect more than 1 million hourly associates.” (“Walmart Is Raising Its Minimum Wage And Handing Out Tax Cut Bonuses,” Fox 8 Cleveland, 1/11/18)

Cincinnati-Based Western & Southern Financial Group, Citing Tax Reform, Announced Employee Bonuses Of Up To $2,000 For Full-Time Employees And $1,000 For Part-Time Employees. “Downtown Cincinnati insurance giant Western & Southern Financial Group is the latest local company to give its employees bonuses at least partly as a result of the corporate tax cut. And its bonuses are bigger than most. Western & Southern, the $47 billion-in-assets life insurer with real estate and investment units, will give full-time employees a $2,000 bonus. It will give part-time employees a $1,000 bonus. But its bonuses are tied to company performance. CEO John Barrett said the company is paying those bonuses to recognize employees’ contributions to the company meeting its 2017 financial goals. But he also cited tax reform as spurring those results.” (Steve Watkins, “Western & Southern Latest Cincinnati Company To Hand Out  Taxcut-Related Bonuses (And These Are Bigger),” Cincinnati Business Courier, 1/8/18)

Bruns General Contracting, Of Tipp City, OH, Said That Due To Anticipated Savings From The Tax Reform Bill They Will Be Investing In New Equipment And Vehicles, And Strengthening Employee Retirement Benefits. “As a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Bruns General Contracting announced that it would be investing in new equipment and vehicles, as well as strengthening retirement benefits for its employees.” (Cecilia Fox, “Portman Visits Local Business,” Piqua Daily Call, 1/15/18)

Jim Wolf, The Owner Of Wolf Metals, Said That After Passage Of The Tax Reform Bill It Was A “No Brainer” To Invest In $500,000 Of New Equipment. “Wolf said the bill, which cut business and individual taxes, made it ‘a no brainer’ to invest in a new, $500,000 piece of equipment.” (Marty Schladen, “After Years Of Blasting Deficits, Portman Says GOP Plan Is Different,” Columbus Dispatch, 1/5/18)

Wolf Also Called The Republican Tax Bill A “Godsend” To His Business. “Portman, an Ohio Republican, was in Columbus to tour Wolf Metals, a steel-fabricating firm whose owner said the Republican tax bill signed last month by President Donald Trump is a godsend to his business. ‘It’s going to keep me competitive and keep my guys working,’ owner Jim Wolf said on the floor of the West Mound Street business he started in 1972. (Marty Schladen, “After Years Of Blasting Deficits, Portman Says GOP Plan Is Different,” Columbus Dispatch, 1/5/18)

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