LANCASTER, N.Y. — Vice President Mike Pence visited Western New York on Tuesday to promote the administration's tax reform plan.
Pence toured the Performance Advantage Manufacturing facility Tuesday in Lancaster.
The company produces mounting equipment and a large portion of its business comes from first responders.
"That's what the Navy wanted was off the shelf stuff so we have to do this for the fire departments too,” said Dick Young, founder of Performance Advantage.
Following the tour Pence discussed the issues facing business owners in Western New York. The round table included larger companies like Performance Advantage - which does business in 36 countries - and smaller ones like Goodrich Coffee Shop in Clarence.
"Finances are always an issue. I pay more to the state and the federal government than I take out of the business so I always think about it like is the federal government waking up at 5 o’clock in the morning, doing this, doing that, putting their hand to it,” said Richard Budde, owner of Goodrich Coffee.
The vice president says the administration's tax plan is focused on helping small business owners and middle class Americans in general keep more of their money.
“As President Trump says, this is a middle class miracle and that's right where this is focused,” Pence said. “The president wants to bring the kind of tax relief that as Valerie said is just going to put more money in people's pockets."
He was joined by Congressman Chris Collins, also pointed out that the administration's framework is just a starting point for the congressional debate. Earlier, Pence joined Collins at a fundraiser for the congressman at Salvatore's Italian Gardens in Depew.
Pence says the president wants to eliminate loopholes but many tax credits that have not been addressed will likely be left untouched. During the visit he did not address concerns raised by New York Democrats including the governor about the proposed elimination of the state and local tax credit which they say would ultimately mean a raise in taxes from most middle class homeowners in the state.