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State By State, Tariffs Are Hurting American Businesses and Families

As White House Pushes Benefits of Tariffs in Targeted States, Facts Tell a Different Story

WASHINGTON – Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, a nationwide grassroots campaign against tariffs, responded today to the new White House campaign attempting to highlight the benefits of tariffs in targeted states.

“Tariffs are causing pain nationwide,” said Tariffs Hurt the Heartland Spokesman Brian Kuehl. “State by state, the trade war is taking a mounting toll on families, workers, small business owners, manufacturers, farmers, and countless others. Tariffs have raised prices for everyday necessities like groceries, forced manufacturers to lay off employees, and closed off foreign markets to farmers who make their living off of agriculture exports. Tariffs are a drag on every corner of our economy and that pain will only get worse as the trade war continues.” Continue reading “State By State, Tariffs Are Hurting American Businesses and Families”

Tariffs Threaten to Slash Farm Income as Ohio Is Set to Become ‘Unique Casualty’ of the Trade War

President Trump’s Trade War Has a $3.3 Billion Price Tag in Ohio

QUOTE FROM BRIAN KUEHL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, FARMERS FOR FREE TRADE: “Tariffs threaten every corner of Ohio’s farming and manufacturing base. Income will plummet, jobs are threatened, and foreign competitors are already capturing hard-fought space in export markets. Ohio’s farmers and manufacturers are worried about being driven out of business but Washington has brushed them off as a ‘rounding error.’ Ohio’s farmers, manufacturers and workers need the President to reverse course on tariffs before they cause any more damage.” Continue reading “Tariffs Threaten to Slash Farm Income as Ohio Is Set to Become ‘Unique Casualty’ of the Trade War”

New Data Shows a 45% Spike in Tariffs Being Paid by American Businesses and Consumers

Many states shouldering hundreds of millions of dollars each in higher costs; Hardest hit states include Texas, California, Michigan, Illinois, and Pennsylvania

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Tariffs Hurt the Heartland – a nationwide, nonpartisan, grassroots campaign against tariffs – published new data about the costs of tariffs across the United States. The data was released during a town hall meeting in Pennsylvania to discuss the tariffs’ impacts, featuring local distillers, pork producers, frame manufacturers and other experts. Continue reading “New Data Shows a 45% Spike in Tariffs Being Paid by American Businesses and Consumers”

New Data Finds Pennsylvania Businesses and Consumers Paying $45 Million More Every Month Because of Tariffs

Hundreds of millions of dollars of products will be hit with additional tariffs, further raising costs

WASHINGTON, DC—Today Tariffs Hurt the Heartland—a nationwide, nonpartisan, grassroots campaign against tariffs—published new data about the costs of tariffs across the states, finding that Pennsylvania was the fifth-highest among all states, in terms of shouldering higher costs. The data was compiled by The Trade Partnership and released by Tariffs Hurt the Heartland during a town hall meeting in Pennsylvania to discuss the tariffs’ impacts, featuring local distillers, pork producers, frame manufacturers and other experts. Continue reading “New Data Finds Pennsylvania Businesses and Consumers Paying $45 Million More Every Month Because of Tariffs”

As Trade War Drags On in Pennsylvania, Farmers, Small Businesses and Voters All Voice Opposition to Tariffs

During Pennsylvania Visit, President Trump Should Listen to Keystone-State Residents Hurt by His Trade Policies

SENATOR PAT TOOMEY (R-PA): “TARIFFS ARE A BIG MISTAKE”. “I think the tariffs are a big mistake. I think the policy is very, very counter productive. It makes no sense. …We manufacture 75 to 80 percent of all the steel we consume domestically. Our biggest imported source, for this modest amount that we do import, is Canada. By the way, Canada buys from us as much steel as they sell to us; we just happen to have an almost equal balance of in trade of steel with Canada. So what we’re doing is were slapping a tariff on Canadian steel, which makes no sense at all. They don’t impose that kind of tariff on our steel but we’re doing that. China is completely unaffected because we already don’t buy steel from China.” (Dom Giordano, CBS Philly, 3/7/18)

PHILADELPHIA SMALL BUSINESS OWNER CALLS TARIFFS ‘DEVASTATING’. “A 10 percent increase in tariffs would be devastating to my business. I’m not in a position to absorb the costs. That leaves me two choices: pass the costs on to the consumer or close my business.” (Elizabeth Wellington, “Meet The Philly-Based Accessories Czarina Who Is Fighting The Trump Administration’s Handbag Tariffs,” Philadelphia Inquirer, 7/31/18)

Continue reading “As Trade War Drags On in Pennsylvania, Farmers, Small Businesses and Voters All Voice Opposition to Tariffs”

BILLBOARD ALERT: Ahead of Trump Visit, Tariffs Hurt the Heartland Puts Up Erie, PA Billboard Noting Major Spike in Tariffs that Pennsylvanians are Paying

Billboard includes new data on tariff impact on PA families that will be released at Thursday town hall meeting in Philadelphia

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(Washington, D.C.) – When President Trump visits Erie, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, October 10th, he’ll be greeted by a new billboard purchased by Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, the nationwide, grassroots campaign against tariffs. The billboard notes the increased tariff burden Pennsylvania taxpayers are shouldering. The billboard will be on display all week in Erie starting today. Below is a picture of the billboard display which is located in downtown Erie (corner of State and 12th Street), just blocks from the Erie Insurance Arena where the President’s rally will take place. Continue reading “BILLBOARD ALERT: Ahead of Trump Visit, Tariffs Hurt the Heartland Puts Up Erie, PA Billboard Noting Major Spike in Tariffs that Pennsylvanians are Paying”

THURSDAY: New Data on Tariff Impact on Pennsylvania Families to be Released at Tariff Town Hall in Philadelphia

Data will include state totals on recent tariff increases that are being paid by local businesses and consumers

On Thursday, October 11th Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, the nationwide, grassroots campaign against tariffs will reveal new data about the costs tariffs are imposing on the Pennsylvania economy at a town hall meeting with Pennsylvania businesses and farmers. The town hall meeting will include a Pennsylvania distiller, pork producer, and frame manufacturer, in addition to other local voices and experts. Continue reading “THURSDAY: New Data on Tariff Impact on Pennsylvania Families to be Released at Tariff Town Hall in Philadelphia”

ICYMI: Op-ed by Key Trade Association Leaders Discusses How Tariffs Cripple the Economy

Why Cripple the U.S. Economy with Tariffs When It’s Hitting Full Stride?

By Deirdre T. Flynn, Sandy Kennedy, Brian Kuehl, Nathan Nascimento and Matthew R. Shay

https://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/economy-budget/410085-why-cripple-the-us-economy-with-tariffs-when-its-hitting 

The American economy is roaring. As Americans have returned to the workforce, unemployment has fallen to lows rarely seen in the last 50 years. Job growth is strong – 201,000 jobs were created in August – and some employers are even having trouble finding workers. Earnings are up, and last year median household income hit a new high of roughly $61,400. And of course, last quarter’s 4.2 percent GDP growth undercuts any notion that the “new normal” constrains us to tepid 2 percent growth. Continue reading “ICYMI: Op-ed by Key Trade Association Leaders Discusses How Tariffs Cripple the Economy”

Hoosiers Discuss Tariff Pain with Tariffs Hurt the Heartland at Indianapolis Town Hall

Indiana Business Owners, Farmers, Policymakers, and Economists Raise Concerns About Escalating Trade War

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana business leaders, farmers, economists, and policymakers joined Sen. Richard Lugar at the International Center in Indianapolis today for a town hall meeting to discuss the toll tariffs have taken on Indiana’s economy. The event was part of the nonpartisan Tariffs Hurt the Heartland campaign, which is dedicated to highlighting the effects of the trade war on Americans across the country. The full webcast of the town hall can be viewed here and photos of the event can be found here.

“Furniture retailers across the country are concerned that a prolonged trade war with China will lead to higher prices for consumers,” said Jim Kittle, Chairman of Kittle’s Furniture. “The home furnishing industry will see reduced sales as a result of tariffs, which will ultimately lead to fewer domestic retail jobs across the country.”

“Today, we farm about 5000 acres and raise primarily corn and soybeans,” said Indiana soybean farmer Brent Bible. I’m supportive of the Trump administration, but I have a lot of concerns about current actions that have been taken on trade and tariffs. The fact that China is our number one soybean customer makes us very vulnerable. Our farm and many others like ours have already been the first casualties of a trade war.”

Continue reading “Hoosiers Discuss Tariff Pain with Tariffs Hurt the Heartland at Indianapolis Town Hall”

Latest Tariff Wave Spreads Trade War Pain Across Indiana

QUOTE FROM TARIFFS HURT THE HEARTLAND SPOKESMAN BRIAN KUEHL: “Tariffs have already taken a heavy toll on Indiana’s economy but the pain is going to get worse. The latest wave of tariffs is a tax that will raise the prices Hoosier families pay for essential items like groceries and clothing. Hoosiers want fair trade policies, the trade war is hurting consumers, workers, and families, and businesses across the state.” Continue reading “Latest Tariff Wave Spreads Trade War Pain Across Indiana”

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