YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Monday’s story published by The Business Journal and ProPublica revealing Ohio’s intent to claw back millions in public subsidies from General Motors elicited a mostly unified chorus from officials: GM should at least pay something as a consequence for closing its Lordstown Assembly plant last year.

“After its workers drove the success of the company for years and made the Lordstown plant one of the most efficient in the world, GM turned its back on Lordstown workers and walked away from the Valley,” U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said in statement Tuesday. “We shouldn’t reward that betrayal with tax incentives.”

“The state should claw back these tax incentives,” Brown said, especially since GM is building vehicles such as the Chevrolet Blazer in Mexico. He called on Congress to pass legislation he’s sponsored that would remove federal tax incentives that “reward companies like GM for abandoning communities like Lordstown and shipping jobs overseas.”

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