INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) — President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence were in Indianapolis Thursday to celebrate their deal with Carrier to keep about 1,000 jobs in Indiana, instead of moving them to Mexico. News 18 spoke with local lawmakers on both sides who said this deal is making America competitive again.
“It is paychecks for workers, but it’s also revenue for the state,” said Republican State Sen. Brandt Hershman.
Those paychecks will help workers such as Edward Robinson.
“If it’s going to help business stay here in Indiana – I’m all for it,” Robinson said. “And here in the United States, I’m all for it.”
On Thursday, Trump made dozens of Carrier workers happy after he announced a deal that will save about a thousand jobs from moving across the border. The company announced its intent to move jobs to Monterrey, Mexico, in February.
“If this is a sign of policies the Trump administration is going to pursue and the reaction of the business community to those policies, then it could be the start of some very good things to come,” Hershman said.
Trump explained those who choose to move jobs to Mexico will be taxed very heavily at a “very strong” U.S. border.
Similar to Trump, Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly has been working on a plan to help save the jobs at Carrier.
“Because we can’t ask Americans to send their hard-earned tax dollars to the very same companies that fire them and ship their jobs overseas,” Donnelly said.
Even though Trump was the first to push it through, Donnelly said he wants to work with Trump. He said there’s a lot more work to be done.
Hershman said if the Trump administration pushes for more deals like this one, it could be the start to a more competitive America.
“For us to be able to make our economy more competitive and onshore some of those jobs, rather than watching them go overseas, this is quite a telling start,” Hershman said. “I think it’s just the start of things to come.”
Trump said he plans to lower the business tax from 35 to 15 percent and focus on changing regulations.
He said since about six years ago, 260 new federal regulations have passed, 53 of which affect the Carrier plant.