Lancaster farm store manager speaks alongside Trump in support of tax plan
The manager of a Lancaster County farm equipment store spoke alongside President Donald Trump on Wednesday at an event promoting the GOP tax plan.
Standing in a Christmas tree-filled room, Trump introduced the Glick family of New Holland as one of the "wonderful and truly great families" who he says will benefit from the Republican party's proposed tax reforms.
Bryant Glick is the general manager of Lancaster Parts & Equipment Inc. in East Lampeter Township, and his wife, Ashley, works in the health care industry. The family has two young children and a third on the way.
Trump said the family will save about $600 on their taxes next year if his party's plan passes and will be able to file their deductions on "a single, little, beautiful sheet of paper" instead of itemizing them.
After Trump's introduction, Bryant Glick took to the podium and thanked the president for his efforts to pass the plan.
“Many of your predecessors promised that this reform was coming, but you did it. We are greatly excited about this," Glick said, adding that he would put the $600 he expects to save on his taxes next year into renovations on his home.
“I’m excited that you’re the one who got it over the finish line. Thank you, Mr. President.”
The GOP tax plan is shaping up to be one of the first major legislative changes to pass under the Trump administration. The House and Senate recently approved their own versions of the bill and plan to vote on a final version next week.
The consensus tax bill includes reforms like lowering the corporate tax rate to 21 percent from the current 35 percent, axing the corporate alternative minimum tax and letting individuals choose whether to deduct up to $10,000 in income, sales or property taxes, according to the New York Times.
These proposals have sparked mixed reactions among both individual and corporate taxpayers. Advocates like Trump have said the changes would simplify the tax-filing process and give American corporations an edge on international competitors, while some opponents have said any benefits from the reforms would be short-lived.