Pence denied request to help Carrier in 2014

Pence denied request to help Carrier in 2014
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Vice President-elect Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceOPINION | There is no Trump administration Pence responds to Trump remarks: 'I stand with the president' DeVos charges ahead on school choice MORE reportedly refused to help Carrier in 2014 when he denied a request from the company to veto a bill rolling back Indiana's energy efficiency program.

Carrier's parent company, United Technologies — along with GE, Johnson Controls and Honeywell — asked Pence in a joint letter sent in March 2014 to not support the bill, Politico reported Thursday.

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In the letter, the group said that rolling back the energy program would take away about 380 direct jobs and more than 1,200 indirect jobs.

The request was focused on protecting the Energizing Indiana program. The program gave buyers reduced costs for lighting products, free residential walk-through efficiency audits and rebates for installing energy efficiency equipment, according to the report.

"Jobs have been lost and we're not seeing the kind of investment and the kind of energy savings that we saw when we had Energizing Indiana and the efficiency targets in place," said Kerwin Olson, executive director of Citizens Action Coalition, one of the groups that fought to keep the program, according to Politico.

President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAssange meets U.S. congressman, vows to prove Russia did not leak him documents A history lesson on the Confederacy for President Trump GOP senator: Trump hasn't 'changed much' since campaign MORE on Thursday took a victory lap, celebrating a deal with Carrier to keep more than 1,000 factory jobs in Indiana that were slated to move to Mexico.

Carrier's parent company will receive $7 million worth of tax breaks over a decade as part of the deal to keep jobs in the U.S., while Carrier will also reportedly invest $16 million to keep operations in the state. Hundreds of jobs will still move to Mexico, however.

“I want to let all the other companies know that we are going to do great things for business, there’s no reason for them to leave anymore,” Trump said from Carrier’s plant in Indianapolis. 

“Their taxes are going to be at the low end and the unnecessary regulations are going to be gone."
 
Trump added that the country needs regulations for "safety and environment and things, but most of the regulations are nonsense."