YOUR CHOICE THE GLASS INDUSTRY  
WEIGHS IN ON  
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THE ELECTION  
b y E l l e n R o g e r s a n d T a r a T a f f e r a  
Hillary  
Clinton (D)  
Gary  
Johnson (L)  
Donald  
Trump (R)  
he link between policy and business can be a significant one. With  
the election just weeks away, USGlass magazine wanted to know what  
issues were important to its readers.So we conducted a survey,extrap-  
olated the results and present them along with where the major candidates  
stand on the issues that directly affect you and your business.  
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An Alternative Choice  
Voters’ relatively low favorability of the major-party nominees has led many to hitch  
their wagon to libertarian nominee Gary Johnson. Here’s where Johnson stands on a  
few of the issues:  
TAX REFORM  
Eliminate special interest tax loopholes and get rid of the “double taxation” on small businesses;  
Ultimately replace all income and payroll taxes with a single consumption tax.  
JOBS/TRADE  
Allow a regulatory and tax environment that incentivizes fairness. “Regulation should not be used  
to manipulate the economy, to manage private lives and businesses, or to place unnecessary bur-  
dens on those who make our economy work.”  
“Apply common sense” to regulatory policy and “get rid of the unnecessary laws and taxes that  
syphon the resources businesses use to create the jobs we need.”  
Supports free trade and opposes tariffs;  
Supports the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).  
HEALTHCARE  
Favors a fully private healthcare system and opposes the Affordable Care Act;  
“Competition and the price transparency that competition will bring can accomplish the impera-  
tives of affordability and availability.”  
Editor’s note: Johnson hasn’t made available as many policy specics related  
to these issues as other major party candidates. Readers can  
visit www.johnsonweld.com for more.  
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Policy Agenda Points From the Candidates that Could Affect You  
From taxes to trade, USGlass magazine compiled a series of policy plans put forth by both candidates that could  
impact your business and/or industry. Hopefully this will come in handy for you come election time.  
CLINTON  
TRUMP  
TAX REFORM  
Install a sliding scale of rates, with shorter-term invest-  
ments taxed at higher rates than now;  
Impose a 4-percent surtax on individuals making more  
than $5 million per year; ask the wealthiest to contribute  
more to Social Security;  
• Cut the corporate tax rate from the current 35 percent to  
15 percent (including for business income from sole propri-  
etorships and income passed through to individuals from  
businesses conducted as S corporations, LLCs and partner-  
ships), but eliminate tax deferral on overseas profits;  
• Impose a cap on business interest deductions;  
• Reduce the number of tax brackets and lower rates for  
most individuals to 12 percent, 25 percent and 33 percent  
(current rates are 10 percent, 15 percent, 25 percent,  
28 percent, 33 percent, 35 percent, and 39.6 percent);  
• Repeal the Affordable Care Act and the tax increases it  
imposes;  
Reduce the federal estate tax exemption and reduce the  
lifetime federal gift tax exemption;  
Increase the federal estate and gift tax rate;  
Establish a tax credit of up to $5,000 per family for buy-  
ing health coverage on Affordable Care Act exchanges;  
Impose a host of new restrictions and tax increases on  
U.S. companies with foreign operations;  
Establish a $1,500 apprenticeship tax credit for every new Allow families to deduct child-care expenses;  
worker an employer trains/hires and a 15-percent tax credit Abolish the federal estate tax and the alternative  
for businesses that share profits with employees.  
minimum tax.  
JOBS/TRADE  
Make major investments in infrastructure;  
Advance U.S. commitment to research and technology for  
the industries and jobs of the future;  
• Withdraw the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership free  
trade deal, which he’s called “a death blow for American  
manufacturing,”;  
Strengthen American manufacturing with a $10 billion  
• Renegotiate the terms of the North American Free Trade  
Agreement (NAFTA);  
• Appoint trade negotiators to identify trade violations by  
foreign countries;  
• Cut down burdensome regulations that hamper job  
creation—specifically, scale back environmental  
regulations to revive coal and steel industries;  
• Ensure American infrastructure is using American steel;  
• Push to capture the U.S.’s full energy potential.  
Make it in America” plan;  
Cut red tape, provide tax relief and expand access to  
capital for small businesses;  
Pursue “fairer” and “tougher” trade policies with nations  
like China that seek to prosper at the expense of U.S.  
workers;  
Oppose trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership,  
which she says “do not meet a high bar of creating  
good-paying jobs and raising pay”;  
Revitalize the hardest-hit manufacturing communities by  
creating tax incentives to encourage investment in  
communities that have faced or are about to face  
significant manufacturing job losses.  
HEALTHCARE  
Defend and expand the Affordable Care Act;  
Bring down out-of-pocket costs like copays and deductibles;  
Reduce the cost of prescription drugs;  
Incentivize states to expand Medicaid/make enrollment  
through Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act easier;  
Expand access to affordable healthcare to families  
regardless of immigration status;  
• Follow free-market principles “to broaden healthcare  
access, make healthcare more affordable and improve  
quality of the care”;  
• Repeal Obamacare;  
• Modify existing law that inhibits the sale of health  
insurance across state lines;  
• Allow individuals to use Health Savings Accounts;  
• Require price transparency from all healthcare providers;  
• Block-grant Medicaid to the states;  
• Remove barriers to entry into free markets for drug  
providers that offer safe and cheaper products;  
• Enforce immigration laws, eliminating fraud and waste in  
areas including healthcare;  
Expand access to rural Americans;  
Defend access to reproductive health care—ensure all  
women have access to preventive care, affordable  
contraception and legal abortion;  
Double funding for community health centers, and  
support the healthcare workforce;  
Support President Obama’s call for a near tripling of the  
size of the National Health Service Corps.  
• Reform the country’s mental health programs and  
institutions.  
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Other  
YOUR CHOICE  
Will government  
regulation (for  
example, OSHA,  
EPA) factor into  
which candidate  
you would vote  
for?  
Which candidate  
(regardless of their  
other beliefs) do  
you feel would  
have the most  
positive impact  
on the glass  
Johnson (L)  
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1
3%  
Clinton (D)  
NO  
YES  
25%  
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4
2% 58%  
6
0%  
Trump (R)  
industry?  
Energy Efficiency: Clear Differences  
Hillary Clinton  
Donald Trump  
The Democratic nominee has a detailed plan for energy  
On the other hand, Trump’s “views on energy and climate  
efficiency in buildings.  
change are diametrically opposed to most of Clinton’s,” ac-  
“As president, Clinton would set a goal to cut energy waste cording to a June review of the candidate’s positions by the  
in American homes, schools, stores, municipal buildings, Brookings Institution.  
hospitals and offices by a third within ten years of taking  
“Broadly speaking, Mr. Trump has come out as a fervent  
office,” reads a fact sheet titled “Hillary Clinton’s Plan for supporter of the fossil fuel industry, and has expressed  
Advanced Buildings: Creating Jobs, Reducing Pollution and skepticism about the economic viability of renewable en-  
Saving Americans Money” on her campaign’s website.  
Among her proposals are better energy codes that ad-  
dress the energy performance of the building as a whole.  
ergy,” the report reads.  
Trump hasn’t specified anything he’d do regarding energy  
efficiency in the building industry, and the GOP platform for  
Clinton also supports energy-efficient mortgages, which 2016 is silent on specifics as well.  
would ensure that “efficiency investments are accurately val-  
However, both Trump and the GOP say cutting regulations  
ued in the residential property market,” according to the fact of all kinds is a key part of their plan to govern.  
sheet. Clinton also backs the Property Assessed Clean En-  
One specific: Trump has repeatedly vowed to abolish the  
ergy Program (PACE). This allows local governments to fund Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which administers  
the up-front cost of energy improvements on commercial the Energy Star program.  
and residential properties, which are paid back over time by  
the property owners.  
3
%
Other  
Other  
1
%
Democrat  
Which of the  
following  
best describes  
your business?  
Contract Glazier  
Please identify  
which party  
best describes  
your political  
aff liation:  
Architect/Specifier  
12% 20%  
Retailer/Dealer  
14%  
Independent  
5
%
8%  
Distributor/Wholesaler  
56%  
22%  
Republican  
Manufacturer/Fabricator  
Libertarian  
5
%
5
4%  
Johnson (L)  
Are you voting  
If the election  
was held today,  
for whom  
would you  
vote?  
for a presidential  
candidate of a  
different party  
from what you  
normally do?  
YES  
22%  
15%  
Clinton (D)  
Trump (R)  
NO  
61%  
2
3%  
78%  
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Donald Trump:  
The Glass Guy?  
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Donald Trump is no stranger to the glass industry. Just  
look at his gleaming towers in cities like Las Vegas and Chi-  
cago and it may appear that this is one presidential candi-  
date who loves glass. But is the feeling mutual?  
Take a look at Trump International Hotel and Tower in  
Chicago. Completed in 2009, the project was designed by  
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) and is sheathed in glass  
supplied by Viracon and installed by Permasteelisa. Lucas  
Tryggestad with SOM worked closely on the project; his  
firm won the design competition back in 2001. “This is a  
significant tower in Chicago and it finished on budget and  
on schedule,” he adds.  
Others haven’t had such positive experiences.  
In the early 1990s, Martin Rosenberg, one of the owners A handwritten fax Donald Trump sent to USGlass in 2010.  
of Atlantic Plate and Window Glass,met with Donald Trump  
about the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City.Rosenberg says while he  
was involved on some Trump projects prior to the Taj Mahal,  
he worked for a bonding company and was paid well. This  
last experience, however, was not a good one.  
“As far as the Taj Mahal, we started [the job] for Resorts  
International, then they had some financial trouble and  
Trump came in,” explains Rosenberg.“I was asked to go to  
New York to meet with him, and I did.He asked how much it  
would cost to complete the glazing and I gave him the quote;  
he said it was too much. I said I understand, but I can’t do it  
for less. He said‘will you do a good job?’ I said we always do,  
that’s why we’ve done so much of the glass work in Atlantic  
City … and he said ‘okay you have the job.’”  
Trump, however, facing his own financial troubles, didn’t  
follow through in paying all his contractors and subcontrac-  
tors on the project. The Taj Mahal casino owed $70 million Hundreds of contractors were unpaid for their work on  
to 253 contractors when it opened. APG alone was owed Trump’s Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, according to a video with  
more than a million dollars.  
Martin Rosenberg produced by the AFL-CIO.  
The Trump organization ultimately filed for bankruptcy  
and sold the Taj Mahal to fellow billionaire Carl Ichan.Today plier, he said, because he couldn’t find a U.S. producer.  
the casino is closing, resulting in the loss of 3,000 jobs. “I ordered windows, thousands of windows the  
So Rosenberg’s advice as far as a future Trump adminis- other day; they’re made in China,” he told CNBC in  
tration? “Be careful, because he has a history of not paying the September 10, 2010 interview. “I don’t want to  
people.”  
buy them, but it’s hard to get them anywhere else.”  
Rosenberg spoke earlier this year at a rally in Atlantic City At the time, the U.S. was in the midst of the Great Re-  
in support of Hillary Clinton. Before the rally, Rosenberg re- cession, and many glass industry companies were  
searched Clinton and her experience and believes her to be quick to disagree on the availability of domestic win-  
the best candidate for president, particularly given her time dows, pointing out that U.S. manufacturers offer  
as first lady, senator and as secretary of state.  
high-quality custom products—and are seeking work.  
Trump, whose campaign is to “Make America Great USGlass had asked Trump for a statement regarding his  
Again,” has also been called out in the past for not sup- stance, and we received the following in return: “China’s  
porting U.S. manufacturers when it comes to select- artificially low currency makes it hard for U.S. companies  
ing building products—namely windows. Back in 2010, to compete. I would much rather buy ‘U.S.’ and do business  
Trump placed a large window order from a Chinese with Pella (and others). The U.S. product is better.”  
producer. This made national news when he was inter-  
viewed on CNBC. He purchased from a Chinese sup-  
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We asked participants to rank the views of the candidates on these issues in order  
of importance of how they would impact their voting decision. The list below  
shows which issues ranked from most important to least important:  
continued from  
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2
3
4
5
. Economy  
6. Taxes  
. National Security  
. Trustworthiness  
. Temperament  
. Foreign Policy  
7. Immigration  
8. Employment  
9. Healthcare  
10. Infrastructure  
PTlaheybiunildgingFatravdoesruintioenss,:inUclund-ions Voice Support for Clinton  
ing the International Union of Paint-  
ers and Allied Trades (IUPAT) as well  
as the International Association of  
Bridges, Structural, Ornamental and  
Reinforcing Iron Workers (Iron Work-  
ers), have donated more than $5 mil-  
lion to presidential candidate Hillary  
Clinton’s campaign. The unions are  
ranked in the top 20 industries in sup-  
port of the Democratic candidate.  
Chris Sloan, director of IUPAT Gov-  
ernment Affairs, explained that in In 2015, Hillary Clinton visited the District Council 15 IUPAT Las Vegas training  
August 2015 IUPAT general president center, where she met with general president Kenneth Rigmaiden (first row,  
Kenneth Rigmaiden had put out com- second from left) as well as many of the members, including glaziers.  
munication to all U.S. members asking  
for their vote on the candidate they Allied Trades are ready to work every term and we can continue to build and  
felt IUPAT should endorse. And over- day to elect Hillary Clinton as our next pull out of the tough times we’re still  
whelmingly, he says, members voted to President of the United States.”  
endorse Clinton. According to Sloan, during her visit  
recovering from.”  
Sloan adds, “Between our mem-  
In October 2015 Rigmaiden an- to the training center she met and bership voting and her clear desire to  
nounced the union’s endorsement spoke to apprentices and trainers in all engage with IUPAT … she has shown  
during her visit to the IUPAT District of their crafts, including glazing.  
Council 15 training center in Hender-  
“She was interested and really wanted  
she’s with us, so we’re with her.”  
The Iron Workers are also endorsing  
son, Nev. She took a short tour and met to know not only why the apprentice- Clinton. Last year that membership  
with several instructors and appren- ship program is important but why voted unanimously to do so. Accord-  
tices to see a demonstration of how and how the program has transformed ing to a statement, after reviewing the  
they learn their trades, including glaz- the apprentices’ lives and has created a qualif cations of each candidate, the  
ing and glasswork, among others.  
pathway to fulf ll their lives,” says Sloan. General Executive Council felt that sev-  
“As the next president of the United “She showed she had the support of our eral other candidates aligned with their  
States, Hillary Clinton is ready to meet members and she cares about our mem- values, but“none compare to Secretary  
the priorities of the members of the bers and increasing training opportuni- Clinton when it comes to putting those  
International Union of Painters and ties and skills across the country.”  
beliefs into practice. Clinton’s record  
Allied Trades and working families,” Sloan pointed out she also an- of looking out for the jobs that union  
Rigmaiden had said that day to a crowd nounced $275 billion in infrastructure members rely on was the largest factor  
of IUPAT members.“She is committed investment,which would be part of her in the council’s decision. Her support  
to creating jobs with signif cant infra- f rst 100 days. This, he added, would be for workers’ rights, infrastructure in-  
structure investment to rebuild our the largest investment in infrastructure vestment and economic opportunity  
roads, bridges and highways, and she America has seen in decades.  
lines up with the union’s priorities for  
“As we still [work to] pull out of the the next administration.”  
The statement also notes that “with  
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is ready to advance training programs,  
like union apprenticeships, to f ll those 2008 recession, re-appropriation of  
jobs.The proud men and women of the federal construction dollars in a lot of  
International Union of Painters and ways will help ensure recovery is long  
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many jobs connected to the energy  
and manufacturing sectors, ironwork-  
ers are directly affected by new regu-  
lations on greenhouse gases and other  
environmental issues. In the union’s  
assessment, other candidates for pres-  
ident have either unconstructively  
denied climate change or shown a cav-  
alier attitude toward jobs lost due to  
environmental regulation. The union  
expects Clinton to take a balanced  
approach, protecting the public from  
pollution while keeping Americans at Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton shakes hands with IUPAT general  
work building the economy.”  
president Kenneth Rigmaiden during her visit last year to the Las Vegas  
The unions aren’t the only ones sup- training center.  
porting Clinton; she also has ties to the  
glazing industry, namely Corning Inc. to us in Corning, and you support your 2015 article. According to the website  
In October 2015, Bloomberg.com friends.”  
opensecrets.org, Corning donated a  
quoted Thomas Blumer, a retired sup- The Bloomberg article also noted combined total (from individuals and  
ply-chain executive at Corning—and a that more than 100 Corning employ- PACs) of $501,244 between1999-2016;  
Republican—who contributed $2,000 ees donated a combined $196,700 individual contributions were $483,244  
to Clinton, saying “She’s been a friend to her campaign as of its October while PACs donated $18,000. n  
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