Guest column/Trump’s policies a gift that keeps giving for Ohio

President Trump’s economic policies are a gift that keeps on giving — especially for states like Ohio.

The Buckeye State’s economy has come a long way in just two-and-a-half years, and it’s not hard to figure out why. President Trump’s pro-growth economic policies — particularly the middle-class tax cuts, deregulation, and strategic counter-tariffs he has implemented — have given American workers a much-needed boost and fueled rapid job creation across the country.

Nationwide, unemployment is at its lowest level since 1969, and Ohio’s unemployment rate is currently at an 18-year-low of 4.3 percent. Since Donald Trump’s inauguration, our state has added a whopping 77,200 new jobs — a figure that speaks volumes about our ongoing economic renaissance.

President Trump’s critics, however, repeatedly insist that these economic breakthroughs are illusory, and that a recession is just around the corner. The facts have proven those naysayers wrong every single time, but that hasn’t deterred them in the slightest.

Several prominent Democrat presidential candidates have even absurdly claimed that Trump’s tax cuts are doing nothing to help the middle class, vowing to repeal them and stick working Americans with higher taxes if they win the White House in 2020.

“(T)he fact of the matter is, there is plenty, plenty of money to go around,” Biden said during a recent political event. “The first thing I would do as president is eliminate the president’s tax cut.”

Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders recently tried to prove that he’s even more delusional than Biden, claiming that Americans will be “delighted to pay more in taxes” in exchange for the radical welfare programs he’s proposing. Contrary to the partisan pessimism of Democrats, however, the U.S. economy continues to thrive, and President Trump’s policies are continuing to make a positive impact on American workers.

In fact, the average Ohio taxpayer saved an estimated $1,476 on their federal taxes last year thanks to the president’s tax cuts — even better than the national average of $1,400. Likewise, businesses are continuing to invest in states like Ohio, investing in new expansions that will add hundreds of new jobs in the near future.

Earlier this month, Italian manufacturer Modula announced a $26.5 million investment in Dayton that will create 100 new jobs. AT&F, an advanced manufacturer, also recently confirmed a $3 million expansion project in Wayne County, where it’s looking to take advantage of the skill and expertise of the local work force. A family-owned automotive parts manufacturer in Bellefontaine, PowerBuilt Material Handling Solutions, also is scheduled to invest $2 million to expand its headquarters in anticipation of “major growth.”

These are just a few of the many companies that have announced plans to expand their operations in Ohio this month alone. Similar success stories have been consistently taking place across the state for more than two years now, with no end in sight.

Contrary to the doom-and-gloom narrative that Democrats tell about the economy, President Trump’s economic policies are a true gift for working people in Ohio and other states, who had been forgotten and left behind by the political establishment in Washington for decades.

(Blackwell served as the mayor of Cincinnati, the Ohio State Treasurer and Ohio Secretary of State. He currently serves on the board of directors for Club for Growth and National Taxpayers Union.)