Reed Talks Jobs, State of the Local Economy at Chamber Roundtable
Tom Reed sat down with local small business leaders Monday to listen to the challenges faced by local businesses and see how the federal government can work with local and county government to improve the jobs outlook and business climate.
The group came together at the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce to talk about important business issues like the impact tax reform would have on businesses, what the Obamacare rollout has meant for employers’ bottom lines and the need to become energy independent to bring relief to rising utility costs.
“There’s a strong consensus from our open conversations that there’s a lot to be done in the way of making the business climate in New York fairer,” Reed said. “Right now we have an unfair tax code that picks winners and losers, a health care law that adds unfair costs to employers and employees alike and expensive utility costs that add an unfair burden to businesses trying to grow and expand. Caring for the jobs of the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes means leveling the playing field and giving everyone a fair chance to get ahead.”
Tom Reed is using the district work period to meet with local job creators, visit with employees and tour small businesses to take that input to Washington when session resumes next week.
Reed says building on relationships with frontline small business employers and employees is key in identifying best practices to care for jobs. “If you are going to represent people, you have to be out there, listening to them,” Reed continued. “We always get useful, reliable information about the local economic climate from these roundtables. The small business owners and employees are the ones who know best how to improve the jobs climate and grow these businesses.”