Friends of Manufacturing

Manufacturers Raise Serious Concerns about Health Insurance

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Ninety-seven percent of manufacturers in the U.S. provide health care benefits to their employees, and understand how crucial affordable and accessible health care is to the well-being of American workers and families.

Unfortunately, rising health care costs and premiums are making it extremely expensive and unmanageable for employers to provide health coverage to employees. In fact, manufacturers named rising health care/insurance costs as their primary business challenge in the National Association of Manufacturers’ Third Quarter 2016 Outlook Survey

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Support Legislation to Boost Workforce Education and Improve Our Nation’s Infrastructure

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Before members of Congress head out of D.C. and back to work in their respective districts and states at the end of September, there are two pieces of must-pass federal legislation crucial to manufacturers in the U.S. These are reauthorization of the Perkins Act, which supports workforce education, and passage of the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (WRDA), which authorizes key infrastructure investments.

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Support Legislation to Improve Our Nation’s Infrastructure

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Before members of Congress head out of D.C. and back to work in their respective districts and states at the end of September, there is a piece of must-pass federal legislation crucial to manufacturers in the U.S. The Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (WRDA), which authorizes key infrastructure investments.

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Small Manufacturers Are Vital to American Jobs

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Did you know the vast majority of manufacturers in the U.S., about 99 percent, are small manufacturers? Small manufacturers and businesses are the backbone of America’s economy, employing an estimated 56 million Americans.

Small manufacturers are leaders in innovation, from building airplane and vehicle parts to new medical devices, small and medium sized manufacturers are revolutionizing every industry. They play a vital role in generating local jobs and boosting local communities and the overall economy. 

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Weekly Political Update -- September 9, 2016

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There appears to be a decided shift toward Donald Trump in the polls conducted during the period beginning August 30th.  Ten surveys, from ten different pollsters, were conducted and the split between the two major party candidates averages only 1.2%.  The range stretches from Hillary Clinton +4 to Donald Trump +2.

Of the ten, six find Clinton leading (Fox News, George Washington University/ Battleground, Morning Consult, NBC/Survey Monkey, Franklin Pierce University/ Boston Herald, and The Economist/YouGov), two show Trump up (Rasmussen Reports, CNN/ORC), and a pair projects the two falling into a flat tie (Investors Business Daily/TIPP, and Los Angeles Times/University of Southern California).

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Weekly Political Update -- September 2, 2016

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The presidential polling is delivering more of the same.  Six more national polls were released since on or just before August 31st, and Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump in four of them.  Her average margin continues to tighten, and now is just over two points, at 2.2 if each poll is rated equally, with a swing of Clinton +7 (USA Today/Suffolk University) all the way to Trump +2.6 (LA Times/USC).

The one poll consistently finding Trump ahead comes from the Los Angeles Times/University of Southern California.  As previously mentioned, this survey is different in that it continually polls asking 400 different people questions from a sampling pool of the same 3,000 registered voters.  Therefore, the entire respondent universe will participate in the panel back tracking poll approximately once per week and allows the pollsters to track the ebbs and flows of the same group over a long period of time. 

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Key Senate Race Watch -- Ohio Manufacturers: Which Senate Candidate Are YOU Voting For in November?

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Senator Rob Portman, a Republican, is an attorney and current U.S. Senator, elected in 2010. He also served in the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio’s 2nd district from 1993-2005. Additionally, Portman served as the United States Trade Representative and as Director of the Office of Management and Budget, both under President George W. Bush.

Ted Strickland, a Democrat, served as Governor of Ohio from 2007-2011 and in the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio’s 6th district from 1993-1995 and 1997-2007. Most recently, in 2014, Strickland served as president of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, a progressive public policy research and advocacy organization. 

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Friends of Manufacturing Election Update -- August 31, 2016

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Rep. Brown Loses; McCain, Rubio Win; All Others

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Veteran Sen. John McCain (R) won his re-nomination campaign last night in Arizona, but with a lesser majority than expected.  McCain topped former state Sen. Kelli Ward, 52-39%, which proved worse than his GOP primary margin six years ago (56%).  Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Flagstaff) was unopposed on the Democratic side.  The rather tepid McCain victory last night increases her chances in the general election.

Sen. Marco Rubio rebounded strongly from his failed presidential campaign with a 72% victory in his statewide Republican primary, yesterday.  More than 1.4 million Republican voters cast ballots in the nomination contest.  Businessman Carlos Beruff, who spent more than $8 million of his own money on his campaign, finished a distant second with only 19% support. 

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Weekly Political Update -- August 26, 2016

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The presidential polling seems to be normalizing.  Donald Trump is now getting back into tighter range with Hillary Clinton.  Though she still leads in almost every poll, the margin is closer to an average of about 3.5 percentage points when calculating the seven surveys released this week.  At the depths of Trump’s post-convention period, Clinton’s lead was closer to nine points.

The one poll finding Trump ahead comes from the Los Angeles Times/University of Southern California.  Their latest track shows the Republican nominee building a national lead of 45-43%.  The LA Times/USC poll is different in that the administrators continually poll, asking 400 different people questions from a sampling pool of 3,000 registered voters.  Therefore, the entire respondent universe will participate in the tracking survey approximately once per week.  This type of polling is referred to as a “panel-back” study because the pollster tracks the same individuals throughout the electoral process, finding how a consistent group responds to the twists and turns of the political campaign.

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Weekly Political Update -- August 19, 2016

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Donald Trump (R), after engineering another campaign shake-up and demoting campaign manager Paul Manafort, is turning to give policy speeches. He addressed audiences in Miami, Florida; Youngstown, Ohio; and West Bend, Wisconsin this week, giving nationally covered economic, social, and foreign policy addresses. Obviously, the locations are all in top priority swing states.

Five pollsters released head-to-head ballot test surveys during the week. UPI/C-Voter, NBC/Survey Monkey, Morning Consult, Rasmussen Reports, and the Pew Charitable Trusts all reported data. Each shows Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump, but those that add minor party candidates Gary Johnson (L) and Jill Stein (G), or “others” to their respondent questionnaire, sees the margin between the two major party candidates tighten. 

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