President Donald Trump is coming to Springfield on Wednesday to talk about a proposal to revamp U.S. tax policy.
Royce Reding, spokesman for Republican U.S. Rep. Billy Long, confirmed in a phone call that Trump would be in Springfield.
Reding said the president would talk about the need for tax reform and the implications that tax reform will have on businesses across the county. He also said Trump would highlight the opportunities that businesses will see in growth and stability with the passage of tax reform.
Why did Trump choose Springfield? The political demographics of the region make it a favorable destination. Trump carried the state easily in November, garnering half a million more votes than Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton.
“Trump has support in Missouri and especially in the southwest corner,” said Elizabeth Dudash-Buskirk, a socio-political communication professor at Missouri State University. “He wants to kick off somewhere to draw attention to the lower economic classes, working classes, farmers, hard workers, but (also) somewhere he is liked, especially for a new tax policy.”
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