Trump, Carrier To Announce Deal To Keep Some Jobs In Indiana

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Donald Trump and Carrier Corp. on Tuesday evening announced that they had reached a deal to keep some of the company’s jobs in Indiana.

Carrier, which is owned by United Technologies, a large federal defense contractor, had announced plans to move its Indiana plant to Mexico earlier this year, which would have eliminated about 1,400 jobs in the state. Trump and Mike Pence railed against Carrier’s plans to relocate abroad on the campaign trail and began negotiations with the company to keep some positions in the United States.

The New York Times reported, citing a Trump spokeswoman, that Trump and Pence “are expected to reiterate their campaign pledges to be friendlier to businesses by easing regulations and overhauling the corporate tax code” in exchange for Carrier keeping jobs in the U.S. The Wall Street Journal also reported earlier in the week that representatives of the Trump transition team held policy discussions with Carrier and that a deal may include changes to corporate taxes.

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) praised the deal on Tuesday but said that the U.S. needs to change laws in order to encourage other companies to stay as well.

“This is welcome news for the Hoosier workers who will keep their jobs, and I’m eager to learn the specific details of the agreement. For many months I have been fighting alongside the Carrier workers and pushing to keep these jobs in Indiana,” Donnelly said in a statement. “While this is good news, in Indiana alone, there are at least two other companies currently planning to move Hoosier jobs out of the country. We need to change our laws to encourage companies to grow here at home. I hope President-elect Trump will work with me toward this goal, so that companies will invest in the foundation of our economy: our workers and our communities.”

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