Rewarding Employees, Reaching for New Opportunities and U.S. Based Investment: The Effects of the TCJA!

Mission Produce, an avocado distributor based in Oxnard, California, is rewarding employees in response to the ongoing effects of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Cuts Act of 2017. Mission’s President and CEO Steve Barnard said from the outset of the changes he was able to give “all our U.S.-based employees a US$1,000 bonus.” Moreover, Mission said it has been able to implement a new pay scale for their many seasonal employees, increasing hourly wages by up to US$2 an hour as result of increased profit from lower taxes. He said “it’s only fair that we share the benefits that tax reform will have on our business with our valued employees.”

Beyond their employees, Mission is using this extra money to invest in their business and as a result the U.S. economy at large. Barnard stated that he plans to invest the tax savings in new facilities and technology to create opportunities for the company. Tracy Malmos, Mission’s chief people officer added “We are expanding production and distribution facilities across the United States and investing more at home than internationally. We recognize the hard work done by Congress in passing this landmark reform.”

Mission’s story, and thousands more like it, are evidence of the lasting success of the TCJA. These historic tax reforms are changing the lives for Americans across the country and are leading to higher wages, strong businesses and continued investment on our soil.

Opportunities Zones: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has become a beacon of hope and integral to a vital economic upturn for the town of Springfield, Vermont. For generations Springfield, Vermont, which lies close to the border of Vermont and New Hampshire on the Connecticut River, was the home to a booming manufacturing industry.

However, the economic backbone of this community began to falter in the 21st century as the manufacturing business moved overseas.

Bob Flint, the executive director of the Springfield Regional Development Corporation, said that the tax break incentive for small businesses and the newly introduced Opportunity Zones provided by the TCJA, have “stimulated really interesting projects.”

In Springfield, two multi-unit residential properties have already been purchased through this zoning program. Local supporters have suggested that limited regulatory restrictions provided by the TCJA have led to an increased ease in setting up businesses, and therefore the great success of these zones. Going forward, there is continued optimism about the opportunities for these zones provide, including growth of small businesses, job creation and affordable housing projects across the state.

The TCJA is making it easier for every day Americans to pursue the American Dream and start their own businesses. Springfield, Vermont is one of many examples of cities and towns across America being revitalized because of the TCJA.

August Employment Numbers Encouraging

The effects of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) continue to ripple through the economy with the U.S adding 130,000 jobs in August. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the unemployment remains at the low rate of 3.7 percent while the labor force participation rate rose to 63.2 percent in the past month.

In addition to job creation, August saw the largest gain for average hourly wages in the past year: 11 percent. Wages have now grown 3.2 percent over the past year and are integral evidence of a strong economy. For people across the country wage increases have been a continued result of businesses having more money in their pockets due lower tax rates from the 2017 TCJA.

A year and half after its implementation it is clear that the 2017 TCJA continues to help people all over the nation gain jobs, increase wages and overall, live better lives.

Business is Booming from Historic Tax Reform

Businesses are thrilled over the positive benefits tax reform is continuing to provide for them. Hancock Lumber, a 171 year old Maine based lumber company, shared with the National Association of Manufacturers this week how it was able to accelerate its plans to grow and invest in its business because of tax reform.

“It’s pretty straightforward,” said Hancock Lumber CEO Kevin Hancock. “As a result of tax reform, our cumulative tax rate fell from 38 percent to 28 percent. We’re keeping a dime-on-a-dollar more of our earnings. And we’ve reinvested 100 percent of that back into the business.”

The company has also made a commitment to invest in its employees. Hancock said that in the last year following the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts, Hancock Lumber has increased wages, increased 401K contribution, and increased annual bonuses.

“Tax reform is allowing us to do in three years what might’ve taken us four to five years to do otherwise. That’s pretty significant,” Hancock said in his interview with the National Association of Manufacturers. Hancock Lumber is just one of many examples of tax reform creating a better workplace environment as well as more opportunities for businesses to thrive.

Small Businesses See Big Results

It’s often said that small businesses are the backbone of America. But big government hasn’t always done all it can to make things simpler for these smaller enterprises. Fortunately, the Tax Cuts and Jobs act has changed that for small business owners across the country.

After years of stagnation a mother daughter business that started in their garage is finally getting a break. The TCJA cut their rates, which allowed them to increase wages, ramp up employment, and grow their product line. All of this has helped them make significant investments in the family business and allowed them to give back to their community.

This is one of thousands of real life stories of people benefiting from the TCJA. Small businesses have been able to hire people at the highest level in 45 years, meaning more jobs and better wages.

Thanks to the TCJA Unemployment is at its lowest level since 1969 at 3.6 percent. In April alone, the U.S. economy added 263,000 new jobs. On top of that, America’s first quarter GDP grew by 3.2 percent; marking the first growth over 3 percent since 2015. Finally America is looking out for small business owners and ushering in a new era of economic growth.