Cayuga County business leaders tell Katko: Tax reform would help workers

At a roundtable discussion Monday, a group of central New York business leaders explained to U.S. Rep. John Katko how tax reform would benefit them and their employees.

The meeting, held at Progressive Expert Consulting in Syracuse, featured 20 business leaders from the Syracuse area. Two panelists were from Cayuga County: Joanne Cross, owner of Cross Filtration in Moravia, and Drew Wilcox, vice president and general manager of Nucor Steel in Auburn.

Cross believes tax reform will help her company, which produces wet filtration press cloths for manufacturers, mining operations and water treatment systems. She said the tax plan would allow Cross Filtration to continue to pay for employees' health insurance coverage and increase wages for her employees.

"This is a good way to put more money in their pockets and keep our workforce happy," she said.

While Nucor Steel is a larger company than Cross Filtration, Wilcox sees similar benefits for his business and workforce.

Nucor, he said, has invested more than $7 billion since 2009 despite economic challenges for the steel industry. If tax reform is adopted, he said it would allow Nucor to continue investing in its plants, including the mill in Auburn.

The comments at the roundtable echo statements Katko, R-Camillus, has heard at similar events. He cited business support for the proposal when he decided to support the House GOP tax reform plan earlier this month.

Robert Harding robert.harding@lee.net 1 hr ago