Sean Hackbarth Sean Hackbarth
Senior Editor, Digital Content, U.S. Chamber of Commerce


September 21, 2018


September 22 marks nine months since President Donald Trump signed historic tax reform.

It’s a good time to look at what it has accomplished.

At a Christian Science Monitormedia breakfast, U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue noted, the economy grew faster than 4% in the most recent quarter. That is a “100 percent increase from the 2 percent that we sort of had as a cap for almost 10 years.”

The first major tax reform in over three decades played a key role, Donohue said: “It’s the result of the addition of pro-growth policies, tax reform, and regulatory relief that got the economy going.”

Businesses are investing

Tax reform improved the incentives for businesses to invest, and they responded.

The U.S. Chamber has tracked over 600 businesses of all sizes that are investing in their companies, rewarding their employees, and hiring more American workers.

Check out the map.

Here are a few examples from some well-known companies:

Small businesses are investing too:

Energy savings

Americans are also benefiting from tax reform by paying less for electricity.

The Global Energy Institute crunched the numbers and found residents in 12 states will save millions on their utility bills.

For instance, through 2022, Alabamans will save $429.60, Florida residents will save $393, and Arizona residents will save $253.80.

This savings for families and businesses will create tens of thousands of jobs and generate significant amounts of economic growth, the report also found.

Tax Reform 2.0

The work of improving our tax system is never done, and Congress understands this – especially House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX). His committee passed Tax Reform 2.0. earlier this month to continue pushing the tax code in a more pro-growth direction.

“We are supportive of Chairman Brady’s bill. What is critically important is that the lower rates for small businesses and passthroughs are ultimately made permanent,” said U.S. Chamber Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer Neil Bradley at the Christian Science Monitor breakfast.

Making our tax system the most pro-growth it can be and our economy the most competitive in the world is our ongoing task.

Nine months into tax reform, we’re in a good spot. The economy is strong, and businesses are investing in their workers and communities.

About the authors

Sean Hackbarth

Sean Hackbarth

Sean writes about public policies affecting businesses including energy, health care, and regulations. When not battling those making it harder for free enterprise to succeed, he raves about all things Wisconsin (his home state) and religiously follows the Green Bay Packers.

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