Perryville leaders were able to speak their mind to a government official.
Congressman Jason Smith, and recently appointed chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, spoke to Perryville business leaders at the Catalyst Center for Business on local issues facing the area.
Smith, who was appointed in January, helps measure the impact federal revenue and spending, from the tax code and trade policy to Medicare and Social Security listened to comments and concerns about inflation, the job market, the housing market, healthcare and difficulties of the supply chain.
Perry County Presiding Commissioner Mike Sauer spoke on the problems the county has seen with inflation especially when it comes to building the Perry County Joint Justice Center.
“Our budget has gone up nearly $10 million because of inflation,” Sauer said.
Smith said that inflation is a problem and he went to different parts of the country such as Oklahoma and Virginia to hear the issues they are facing as well.
“The things we learned in Perryville and those other places will help us create our economic package,” Smith said. “The package will help provide relief for working-class families, small businesses and farmers. Inflation has gone up 14.9 percent in the last two years and that means that every American has lost two months of their salary with really nothing to show for it.”
Smith also heard issues facing Perry County when it came to the job market. Local business such as TG Missouri have had trouble finding workers to fill positions and other business leaders want to continue to grow the area.
Perry County currently has a two percent unemployment rate. Those included issues with truck drivers for Rollet Brothers Trucking and hiring quality employees that want to drive. Smith noted that there is momentum to lower the age requirements to get a CDL license to 18.
“If people are able to fight for their country at 18, they should be able to drive a truck,” Smith said.
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