MILWAUKEE — Vice President Mike Pence says due to the federal tax overhaul and other policies backed by President Trump, optimism is “soaring.”

The former Indiana governor said consumer confidence is now at an all-time high and the unemployment rate is the lowest in 17 years. He said since Trump took office, 3 million new jobs have been added, 36,000 of those in Wisconsin.

“Jobs are coming back, confidence is coming back, and under President Trump, America is coming back, and we’re just getting started,” Pence said at an America First Policies event in Milwaukee this afternoon.

He also praised Gov. Scott Walker, noting the unemployment rate is at lowest level in Wisconsin history and that income and property taxes are lower than when Walker took office.

“Under the leadership of this governor, Wisconsin is working, Wisconsin is winning,” Pence said of the governor, who’s running for re-election to a third term this year. Pence also was to headline a Walker fundraiser in Milwaukee.

Walker during his introduction of Pence said the federal tax cuts will save the typical Wisconsin worker $2,508.

“That is not crumbs, ladies and gentleman; that is real money,” Walker said.

Pence said that by the time the federal tax cuts are fully implemented, the average Wisconsin worker will see a roughly $4,000 annual wage increase.

Pence spent much of his speech highlighting a series of campaign promises Trump has fulfilled including: tax cuts; more money for the military; a crackdown on illegal immigration and starting construction of a fence on the U.S.-Mexico border; the end of Obamacare’s individual mandate and appointment of conservative judges, among others.

“President Trump has been keeping his promises to America,” Pence said.

Pence encouraged attendees to speak with neighbors, co-workers and friends about what Trump has accomplished so far.

“Tell them under President Trump, the forgotten men and women of America are forgotten no more,” Pence said.

Pence also praised House Speaker Paul Ryan and U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, both fellow Republicans, for their work in passing the tax overhaul bill. He said Johnson had worked to ensure it benefited small businesses, and that without Ryan, “the tax cuts would not have happened.”

“Few Americans have done more to advance the cause of growth and opportunity for Americans than Paul Ryan,” Pence said of the retiring speaker from Janesville.

Pence took a few shots at U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin for voting against the tax cuts, legislation targeting so-called “sanctuary cities” and most of Trump’s cabinet appointees.

Baldwin, D-Madison, said in a statement yesterday she wouldn’t support Mike Pompeo’s appointment as secretary of state. Pompeo is the current CIA director.

“Tammy Baldwin hasn’t been putting Wisconsin first, and I don’t know about the rest of you, but I think the Badger State deserves better,” Pence said.

Brad Bainum, a Democratic Party of Wisconsin spokesman for the U.S. Senate race, hit back at the vice president, who spent Tuesday evening at a fundraiser for Walker with tickets of up to $10,000.

“This is everything Wisconsinites hate about Washington: Hours before collecting campaign cash from wealthy donors who just benefited from a GOP tax scam that hurts middle-class families, Vice President Mike Pence attacks Tammy Baldwin for standing up to corporate special interest and putting Wisconsin first,” Bainum said.

Before Pence’s speech, the event featured a panel discussion on the impact of tax cuts with Grothman, Foxconn special assistant Louis Woo and Job Creators Network CEO Alfredo Ortiz.

 

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