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Lepore-Hagan calls for money collected from GM to be reinvested in Valley

“They [GM] left us in the dust and dirt. If the state makes good on collecting these funds, they must come back here to the Valley,” Lepore-Hagan said.
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State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan of Youngstown (Photo courtesy of ohiohouse.gov)

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COLUMBUS — State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan, D-Youngstown, on Tuesday called on the Ohio Developmental Services Agency to reinvest funds collected from General Motors in Mahoning Valley.

“They [GM] left us in the dust and dirt. If the state makes good on collecting these funds, they must come back here to the Valley,” Lepore-Hagan said in a news release. “These workers deserve the Ohio promise of better jobs, brighter futures and an economy that works for everyone. Our state should be working just as hard as they do to make that happen.”

In a letter sent to GM in March, DSA recommended that the state’s tax authority terminate the company’s tax agreements and collect a full refund, reported at more than $60 million in public subsidies.

In February 2019, following the announcement of GM layoffs, Lepore-Hagan requested the state’s GM tax incentive and public support information from JobsOhio, the Ohio Department of Taxation and the Ohio Department of Transportation. She has issued several statements urging GM and the state to continue investing in Mahoning Valley workers.




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