Monday morning at Glenora Wine Cellars, Congressman Tom Reed (R, N.Y. 23) held a round table meeting to hear the concerns of winery, brewery, and distillery owners.
Reed came prepared to talk about tax reform, especially for corporations and business investments, but the business people were more concerned with other problems. Their list includes: the Trump Administration’s immigration crackdown which is causing difficulties for guest workers; the high cost of health care for their employees; protecting the environment (especially water); reforming federal and state regulations on the beverage industry; preventing a trade war with Asian nations; and increasing small business start up stimulus packages.
“Why isn’t tax reform being talked about?” asked Reed. Gene Pierce, owner of Glenora Wine Cellars, replied calling it “a dull pain you just put up with.”
Chief among the business concerns is the availability of immigrant workers in the wake of Donald Trump’s orders to crackdown on immigration from Mexico.