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Roundtable discussion focuses on impact of Trump’s economic agenda

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Community members and local political leaders met today to discuss how President Trump's economic agenda is impacting workers in the Chippewa Valley.

The non-profit Opportunity Wisconsin hosted a roundtable discussion Wednesday morning in Eau Claire. One of the main topics brought up was concern over the cost of living. Those in attendance said the President's tax cuts have been a boon for big business, but have not helped small businesses or taxpayers who are trying to make ends meet.

"Her husband had to quit his job because their childcare cost was more expensive than their mortgage," said Eau Claire City Council member Kate Beaton of one of the people in attendance Wednesday. "Which is insane to me. It really raises kind of the point that our wages are not keeping up with the cost of living."

However, those on the President's side of the aisle point to the U.S.' continued economic growth, saying the President's policies are working.

"His regulatory and tax reform is why this economy is booming," said Treasurer of the Republican Party of Wisconsin Brian Westrate. "It truly is. Decreasing that highest corporate tax rate in the industrialized world, bringing that down to 15 percent, that's where this boom ultimately has come from."

Westrate admitted some aspects of the current economic climate are concerning to him, such as deficit spending and the current national debt, but all in all believes the President's policies will only benefit American workers.

Mary Pautsch

Mary came to News 18 in July 2019 from Sioux City, Iowa where she graduated from Morningside College with a BA in Spanish after attending Iowa State University for 3 years.

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