- Following the election on Nov. 8, Ohio restaurateurs are looking forward.
- U.S. voters made their choice for change, and we are optimistic that the next administration, under President-elect Trump and Vice-President-elect Pence, will produce better economic conditions that enable the U.S. to add jobs and more opportunity for Americans who are frustrated with current conditions.
- The election was clearly having a negative impact on consumer confidence and we are glad that it’s over. Customer traffic was under pressure over the past several months as many public foodservice companies reported flat to down same-store sales. We are optimistic that it will improve now that the uncertainty and negativity of the presidential campaign is over.
We are looking for President-elect Trump and other elected officials to:
- Support policies that help one of America’s and Ohio’s biggest job engines. The restaurant industry is the second largest employer in the U.S. and a place where millions of Americans get their first job and learn life skills.
- Reduce regulation that is strangling business; for example, the new Overtime Rule that goes into effect on Dec. 1. It will harm businesses and workers.
- Help with new approaches to the burdensome Affordable Health Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. It is causing tremendous cost inflation for businesses, families and individuals.
- Help with a thoughtful and balanced approach to minimum wage, which some special interest groups and politicians are trying to increase by 85% like we’ve seen in California and New York --- those kind of increases will result in fewer jobs, less opportunity for younger workers and minorities, and certainly menu price increases at restaurants.
Read our statement in Columbus Business First.