300 firms giving tax cut bonus, Costco dismisses Pelosi’s ‘crumbs’ attack
By: Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner
February 1, 2018
The number of companies offering employees higher wages, expanded insurance and retirement benefits and cash bonuses up to $3,000 has surged to about 300 as more see benefits from the new GOP tax cuts.
The payouts, praised by President Trump, are going to some 3 million employees.
Not only are companies crediting Trump in their announcements, one major employer, Costco, disputed Democratic sneers that the bonuses are “crumbs” and hide bigger profits.
During a shareholders meeting this week, Costco chief Craig Jelinek said the attack by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was not “thoughtful.”
According to the National Center for Public Policy Research, the comments came in response to a question from their counsel Justin Danhof. What’s more, said Danhof, Jelinek said that critics were just “throwing stuff out there.”
The Costco executive noted that the wholesaler pays higher than average wages and added that the tax cuts may benefit customers.
The growing list of companies paying so-called “Trump bonuses” is at 297, according to list keeper Americans for Tax Reform and ATR Vice President John Kartch.