Vice President Mike Pence made his 11th appearance in the administration’s America First Policies tour touting the benefits of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in Charlotte, North Carolina on Friday, April 20.
The vice president’s arrival directly followed a tax cuts panel discussion featuring Sen. Thom Tillis, Rep. Robert Pittenger, and former Nucor CEO Dan DiMicco.
“We believe in the American people,” Pittenger was quoted by the Charlotte Observer. “We believe they know how to spend their money better than the government does. The proof is in the paycheck.”
The 700-member crowd included NFIB members such as Ralph Hembree, owner of Thomas Rentals based out of Charlotte. According to a NFIB North Carolina tweet, Hembree is looking forward to seeing how the tax reforms will impact his business.
Pence shared with the crowd that there have been 100,000 new jobs specifically in North Carolina, and almost 46,000 new jobs in Charlotte since the election of President Trump, according to WBTV.
He also said that for every new regulation there have been 22 regulations eliminated.
“We have eliminated 22 regulations for every 1 new regulation. We have created over 100 million new jobs in the country with over 100 thousand in North Carolina. Tax cuts unlock opportunities for all small businesses, reports Vice-President Pence. pic.twitter.com/10enPw7FkD
— NFIB North Carolina (@nfib_nc) April 20, 2018
Pittenger told the attendees that the average North Carolina family will have an additional $2,000 in their paychecks this year thanks to the tax act.
“It’s a real celebration, the reality of what’s happened with these tax cuts,” Rep. Pittenger told WBTV. “Over 80 percent of the American people are getting an increase in their paychecks. They are getting bonuses back, these are companies here in Charlotte that are doing that.”
North Carolina-based companies Charlotte Pipe and Foundry, Bank of America, Aquesta Bank, and SteelFab have announced employee bonuses and pay increases that are also due to the tax act.
Pence called the results of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act “nothing short of remarkable.”
“President Donald Trump signed the largest tax cuts and tax reform in American history,” the vice president was quoted by the Charlotte Observer. “The last year and few months can be summed up with one simple phrase: promises made and promises kept.”