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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.

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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