Manufacturing is a strategic growth industry for the Dayton region. We are home to large manufacturers like DMAX and MAHLE Behr Dayton and are the choice for new manufacturers like Fuyao. In addition, we welcome hundreds of smaller firms making the parts needed for cars, airplanes and medical supplies. And between our two universities, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Miami Valley Research Park, we Daytonians help build the industries of tomorrow.
Clinton’s plan is equally forward-looking. At its heart is a tax credit that pulls jobs back to hard-hit communities. Her broader strategy aims to rebuild the infrastructure that keeps trucks running, and the renewable energy that keeps factories going. She also favors “Buy American” regulations for government projects; that means jobs here at home, not outsourced to China.
It’s no wonder then that Machinists Union President Tom Buffenbarger welcomed the new plan. He praised Clinton’s “political foresight and will to take on the key challenge of reigniting the jobs engine that built the middle class.” I couldn’t agree more.
If you’re looking to other candidates for plans, keep looking. No one else has made manufacturing so central to their campaign – certainly not the Republican candidates, many of whom opposed the auto bailouts back in 2008 which saved thousands of jobs in the Dayton region.
Clinton, on the other hand, once fought the Bush Administration to preserve money for manufacturing. She publicly demanded a “New Manhattan Project” to rebuild the sector, and she co-founded the Senate Manufacturing Caucus. If I sound like I’m playing favorites, I am.
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