COLUMBUS, OH – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) released the following statement in response to news reports that General Motors (GM) plans to build the new Chevrolet Blazer in Mexico. Brown is criticizing the move by GM to send jobs to Mexico as the second shift at the GM facility in Lordstown ends today.
“GM’s timing on this outrageous decision could not have been worse,” said Brown. “On the same day GM is laying off workers in Youngstown, the company is bypassing American workers and sending more jobs to Mexico. GM should reverse this irresponsible decision, and use its tax windfall to invest in American workers.”
In April, following the announced layoffs in Lordstown, Brown wrote a letter to CEO Marry Barra, condemning the announced layoffs and urged GM to reverse their decisions, and use the tax windfall the company got from recent tax cuts to invest in its facility and the workers in Lordstown.
After the GOP tax overhaul, GM is able to bring their $6.9 billion in overseas cash back to the U.S. at less than half of the tax rate the corporation would formerly have paid and immediately deduct the cost of any new investments in plant and equipment. Despite these tax cuts and the company’s record revenues as reported in their 2016 SEC filing, GM is still moving forward with these layoffs.