“America’s Business with Mike Hambrick” this week tackles weighty issues affecting U.S. manufacturers, including a controversial hardrock mining bill, America’s ailing bridges and roads, taxes and water regulations.
Rep. Don Young (R-AK) tells Mike why he voted against the Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2007, which could impose taxes on mining companies and hike raw material costs for manufacturers. Young calls it the “worst bill” he’s had before him in 35 years.
Young, former chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, will also say what Congress must do to fix the nation’s deteriorating infrastructure. “It’ll take something to the effect — or even a terrorist attack shutting off a bridge, a tunnel or something that shuts the transportation corridors down in the United States, breaks that flow chart in two, and then there will be a response,” Young said.
Eugene Sukup, who runs an Iowa grain bin and silo business, will join Mike to talk about the devastating human cost of the estate tax. Sukup recently told the Senate Finance Committee that if he died today his sons must sell the company to pay the so-called “death tax.” Hundreds of jobs would be the lost, striking a serious blow against the economy of tiny Sheffield, Iowa.
There’s more on taxes. Tim Carlson, president of the Coalition for Tax Fairness, will join Mike for a discussion on the alternative minimum tax, which also hurts working Americans.
The American Farm Bureau’s Don Parrish and Missouri hog farmer Chris Chinn will offer the nuts and bolts on how businesses could be affected by legislation to give EPA and the Army Corp of Engineers control over wet areas.
On a lighter note Dan McGregor, chief executive officer of Rose City Manufacturing in Springfield, Ohio, will spread the word about his multimedia presentation that celebrates manufacturing. McGregor is taking the exhibit around the country.
In our regular segments, Renee Giachino of the America Justice Partnership gives us the heroes and villains of the tort reform battles and the NAM’s Hank Cox recalls “The Way It Was.”
And Gov. John Engler gives us the last word when he comments on the importance of export controls.
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