Congressman Gibbs Meets with Local Community Leaders to Hear Their Concerns with Obama’s Impending Tax Hike

July 27, 2012
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bob Gibbs held a roundtable discussion this morning in Ashland, OH to address the looming tax hike that will take place at the end of the year if Congress does not act to prevent it.  

The George W. Bush-era tax cuts are set to expire on December 31, 2012, at which point Americans will be subject to massively increased tax rates.  According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), January’s tax hike will increase taxes on small businesses and Americans by $4.6 trillion over ten years and $232 billion in 2013.  

Gibbs held his roundtable discussion this morning at Bookmasters, Inc., a family-owned and operated company that offers publishing and distribution services in Ashland, OH.  He met with local members of the small- to medium-business community to discuss the disastrous effects this tax increase would have on their industries.  Following the roundtable discussion, the attendees proceeded to tour the facility. Friday’s events were coordinated by the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce for their members.

This morning’s roundtable discussion and tour were a part of the House GOP effort to stop the impending tax hike with “Stop the Tax Hike Day,” spreading the word across the country that these scheduled tax increases on small businesses will kill jobs and have a catastrophic effect on our already fragile economy.  

Roundtable Discussion Participants:

o    Joe Abraham – The Good Shepherd
o    Steve Barkyoumb – WIL Research
o    David Baumgartner – WIL Research
o    Keith Boales, Boales Insurance Agency, Inc.
o    Bill Buckingham, Lake Erie Frozen Foods
o    Zane Gross, Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers
o    Scott Harris – Bill Harris Dealerships
o    Barbie Lange – Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce
o    Brett Mesenburg – Baker, Bowman & Company
o    Lee Reineke – Americarb
o    Tami Reynolds – Whitcomb & Hess CPA’s & Financial Advisors
o    Ray Sevin – Bookmasters, Inc.