For Tony Hodge, a rural mail carrier from Hurricane, West Virginia, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act meant a savings for his family of $2,417.
Hodge, on a stage with President Donald Trump and other elected officials and business owners, said he put the money to two uses. One, toward new countertops for his kitchen. And two, he put it toward doing his part to fight the opioid epidemic in his state.
“One of the most effective ways we deal with the opioid epidemic is through our faith-based initiatives,” Hodge said, addressing the president at the roundtable Thursday in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
Because I’m getting a little bit of extra money in my paycheck, and my wife as well, we are able to give a little bit more to our churches, to ministries, and we use these ministries to fight this epidemic that is going on.
We are seeing them set free. When they are set free and released from the bondage of their addiction, they are becoming productive members of society. They are getting jobs. They are restoring families. They are finding self-worth and dignity through gainful employment because of the work of our charitable organization.
His wife, Jessica Hodge, cried on stage when she thanked Trump for tax cuts: “Thank you for listening to us, thank you for fighting for us.”
She said her 10-year-old son Hayden “wants to be president one day.”
Trump responded, “It will happen.”
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