The Brent Spence Bridge and jobs top a list of priorities for the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and 35 business leaders heading to Washington D.C. Wednesday. (FOX19 NOW/file)
The Brent Spence Bridge and jobs top a list of priorities the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and 35 business leaders plan to discuss with local lawmakers as they head to Washington D.C. Wednesday.
The group flies out of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport at 2:30 p.m. They will meet with Speaker of the House John Boehner, other elected officials and members of the White House staff to talk about this year's legislative priorities.
Before they fly home Thursday, they will focus on five main priorities:
Funding to improve the Brent Spence Bridge and Western Hills Viaduct after money dried up in 2014.
Retaining and growing the 10 Fortune 500 companies in Cincinnati and small businesses providing services to these companies. They want lawmakers to lower the corporate tax rate and make the U-S tax code more internationally competitive. In 2014, The U-S had the third highest rate at 39.1 percent, the worldwide average is around 22.6 percent.
Boosting jobs and industry by filling 20,000 Cincinnati jobs through immigration reform.The group also wants to preserve tens of thousands of jobs in the region by reauthorizing the export import bank. This is the credit agency helping businesses large and small to turn their exports into sales.
Support the continued growth of the manufacturing industry, which represents 17 percent of the regional economy. They want lawmakers to make policies that reduce costs while protecting the environment.