Ohio Rep. Bob Latta Visits Constituents at the Fair

By Scott Sarvay
By Max Resnik


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September 1, 2011 Updated Sep 1, 2011 at 6:06 PM EDT

VAN WERT, Ohio (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - A little more than a dozen seniors were at the Van Wert County Fair Thursday to hear from 5th District Rep. Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green).

The first thing Latta addressed was the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s decision to end their proposal to force farmers to get Commercial Driver's Licenses. The proposal was something Latta staunchly opposed. Latta, who comes from a farming family, said Washington D.C. was crazy to believe that they could regulate farmers as long haul-truckers.

“The idea that people in Washington think that they could say to farmers that they have to meet all the same requirements when all they're doing is getting their crops in was crazy.”

Latta also discussed President Obama’s job speech, which is to be given to Congress Thursday, September 8. Latta says he hopes President Obama will announce that he is repealing the federal health care law, will ease regulations on businesses and the Environmental Protection Agency and not mention the possibility of higher taxes.

Latta says he knows the president will not make those remarks. Instead, he believes the president will talk of higher taxes and more spending.

“I think what we're going to hear is more of the same stimulus, more spending and taxes and that's not going to get us out of this hole.”

Latta, who voted for the debt deal in early August, says both jobs and debt payment could be positively influenced if the president is willing to de-regulate businesses. He says a de-regulation will lead to more hires, ultimately broadening the tax base. Once the tax base is broadened, he says, the country can work to pay down its debt through greater tax revenues.

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