Ivanka Trump visits Pittsburgh to talk tax cuts, small business
Ivanka Trump, first daughter and presidential adviser, visited Mt. Lebanon on Tuesday for a roundtable discussion to tout the effects of her father's tax cuts for small-business owners.
The roughly hourlong event, which included Small Business Administration leader Linda McMahon, was held at the Washington Road offices of Potomac Mineral Group. State elected officials and small-business owners also took part in the discussion, including auto dealer Corina Diehl and cookware maker Susan Castriota.
Ivanka Trump and Linda McMahon are talking about effects of tax bill on small businesses right now. pic.twitter.com/Q4tSRrr4Ze— Matthew Santoni (@msantoni) February 13, 2018
Listening to auto dealer Corina Diehl talk about regulations slowing the sales of cars, complicating her plans for building a body shop. pic.twitter.com/FSH53XK6nq— Matthew Santoni (@msantoni) February 13, 2018
Susan Castriota, maker of cookware, says she's concerned that she can't buy glassware in US and worries Trump could increase tariffs. pic.twitter.com/031APoix0Q— Matthew Santoni (@msantoni) February 13, 2018
President Trump's Tax Cuts and Jobs Act allows people to deduct up to 20 percent of their "pass-through earnings," where someone pays taxes on their business's income at the individual income tax rates. Many small-business owners claim their business earnings as pass-through income, but so can real estate investors, lawyers, doctors, accountants and others.
Linda McMahon talks getting STEM education into schools earlier and earlier, encouraging more girls and women to get into such fields. pic.twitter.com/0oAVN3uZnr— Matthew Santoni (@msantoni) February 13, 2018
The meeting took place within Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District, where Republican State Sen. Rick Saccone is facing Democrat Conor Lamb, a former federal prosecutor, in a March 13 special election for the seat formerly held by Congressman Tim Murphy.
Saccone participated in the roundtable and was seated to Ivanka Trump's right.
Rick Saccone talks about increasing vocational training, decreasing regulations that affect getting people jobs like driving trucks. pic.twitter.com/ZGjueNLkkF— Matthew Santoni (@msantoni) February 13, 2018
Saccone reiterates optimism among small businesses under Trump. Later says he'll be "a good wingman" for Trump if elected, will do whatever admin needs to implement its programs. pic.twitter.com/9tz0cLHvyQ— Matthew Santoni (@msantoni) February 13, 2018
This marked the third Trump administration event in Western Pennsylvania this year, after Donald Trump visited H&K Equipment in North Fayette to extol his tax plan Jan. 18 — though he only briefly mentioned Saccone — and Vice President Mike Pence attended a Saccone fundraiser in Bethel Park on Feb. 2.
President Trump is scheduled to visit Ambridge Area High School in Beaver County on Feb. 21.
Roundtable has broken up. Ivanka notes that McMahon has done events in 30+ states since taking office, says admin will keep working to cut regulations & encourage states to do same. pic.twitter.com/9Ez1I4X2cR— Matthew Santoni (@msantoni) February 13, 2018
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