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Representative Rodney Davis (R-13) was back in Springfield today to visit the workers at the AT&T center in downtown Springfield. AT&T gave bonuses to its workers after the 2017 tax reform bill passed. Davis spoke with many of the workers who enjoyed both the $1,000 bonuses and the lower taxes they pay under the new system. Longtime workers said that this was one of the only times the company had given out bonuses on that scale.

After the facility tour, Davis spoke with the press about what we had seen, and how the tax bill fit into a larger strategy of economic growth. Currently, the tax relief for individuals is set to expire in 10 years, but Davis is pushing to make those tax cuts permanent. He defended the impact the tax cuts will have on the deficit, and pointed to his reforms in the 2014 Farm Bill that saved nearly four times as much money as the government analysts had initially projected. Reforms are necessary for social programs to survive, but Davis was also in favor of expanding efforts to teach job skills and assist with job placement as part of those reforms.

You can watch that full interview above.

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Senior strategist, statehouse reporter and political correspondent for Springfield Daily. Graduate of District 117 and UIS. Thomas covers stories in both Morgan and Sangamon Counties, as well as statewide politics.

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Follow along live with the Springfield City Council meeting for December 4th. There is a presentation by EmberClear about a proposed gas-fired plant.

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Bustos’ American-made flag bill passes in the House

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In 2015, the Federal government spent $4.4 million on foreign-made American flags. Almost all of these flags, which were used by the Department of Defense, came from China. Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos was appalled when she learned this from a veteran. Under current law, flags only need to be made of 50 percent American-made materials.

Bustos’ bill would require American flags purchased with taxpayer dollars be wholly produced in the United States. Yesterday, that bill passed the House. Bustos has been working on this issue for years; and this is not the first time her measure has made it out of the house.

HR 3121 will now go to the Senate to be voted on there.

You can watch Bustos’ speech in the player. You can read the bill here.

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