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Sun Jun 16, 2019, 01:39 PM

Bosses pocket Trump tax windfall as workers see job promises vanish

Source: The Guardian

Bosses pocket Trump tax windfall as workers see job promises vanish

AT&T, General Motors and Wells Fargo vowed to use tax cuts to create jobs. In fact, they did the opposite

Michael Sainato
Sun 16 Jun 2019 07.00 BST Last modified on Sun 16 Jun 2019 13.52 BST

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These sudden mass layoffs have become increasingly common for workers at AT&T and many other big firms. But it was not meant to be that way.

AT&Tís CEO, Randall Stephenson, promised in November 2017 to invest $1bn in capital expenditure and create 7,000 new jobs at the company if Trumpís hugely controversial tax cut bill passed. Many opponents had slammed the cuts as a corporate giveaway that benefited the super-rich. But big firms lobbied for it, saying Ė as AT&T did Ė that it would fund job-creating expansions.

The bill was voted into law in December 2017, reducing the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%. AT&Tís benefit was a tax windfall of $21bn and an additional estimated $3bn annually. But instead of creating jobs and increasing investment into the company, AT&T has eliminated 23,328 jobs since the tax cut bill was passed, according to a recent report by the Communications Workers of America. The CWA also said AT&T reduced their capital investments by $1.4bn.

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AT&T is among several large corporations whose CEOs announced support of the Trump tax cut bill by claiming if the legislation passed, their companies would ensure workers reaped benefits from it. But a report published on 22 May by the Congressional Research Service, a non-partisan thinktank for members of Congress, found the tax cuts did not significantly affect the economy or boost wages, but benefited investors more than anyone else.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jun/15/job-losses-trump-tax-cut-at-t-general-motors-wells-fargo

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Sun Jun 16, 2019, 01:54 PM

1. We have seen this movie before.

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Sun Jun 16, 2019, 02:32 PM

2. I'll take French Revolution for 200 Alex.

Break out the guillotines.

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