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


(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.

“We are working to ensure that Pennsylvania families understand that tariffs are taxes on them,” said Tariffs Hurt the Heartland spokesman Jonathan Gold. “They aren’t paid by foreign countries. They are paid by Pennsylvania businesses and consumers in the form of higher prices. In the coming weeks, our campaign is going to be releasing more data on the added tax burden these tariffs create in states across the country. We will also be continuing to tell the stories of the businesses, farmers, consumers and manufacturers that are paying the price for this trade war.”

The monthly impact data from recent tariff increases is taken from new data that Tariffs Hurt the Heartland will be releasing at a Philadelphia, PA town hall meeting on Thursday, October 11th. The data was compiled by the Trade Partnership and will include state totals on tariff increases in recent months, including from steel and aluminum tariffs and section 301 tariffs.

More info on the Thursday town hall meeting in Philadelphia is below:

WHAT: Pennsylvania Town Hall Meeting on Tariff Impact


  • Rebecca Mond, Vice President, Federal Government Affairs, Toy Association
  • Robert Cassell, Co-Founder & Master Distiller, Millstone Spirits Group
  • Craig Snyder, President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia
  • Michael Araten, President and CEO, Sterling Drive Ventures, The Rodon Group
  • Steve McGowan, Vice President of Operations, MCS Industries Inc., Easton PA
  • Chris Hoffman, Vice President, State Board Director, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, Farmer and owner of Lazy Hog Farms and Lazy Chick Farms
  • Angela Marshall Hofmann, Co-Founder, Farmers for Free Trade

WHEN: Thursday, October 11th, 2018 – 11:30 AM ET

WHERE: New Liberty Distillery, 1431 N. Cadwallader St., Philadelphia, PA 19122