Dealers Seek Common Sense Solutions

Chairman's Blog: Invested In America 04/12/22

It was good to see that the Biden administration took the time this month to meet with auto executives beyond Ford, GM, and Stellantis to discuss the future of EV production and infrastructure in the United States. Our message that all automotive manufacturers need to have a seat at the table, not just manufacturers that employ UAW members, is working.

That being said, the proposal to give an additional $4,500 refundable tax credit for the sale of only union-made EV’s is still part of the Administration’s wish-list. The budget reconciliation bill known as “Build Back Better” has now morphed into “Building a Better America,” but don’t be fooled — the same business destroying language is on the table and it only needs the support of 50 United States Senators.

It’d be nice instead to see our government applaud the enormous investments that international automotive manufacturers are making in America to create thousands of well-paid, stable manufacturing jobs. Just this month, Honda opened an $124 million wind tunnel in Ohio and Volkswagen announced that they plan to spend $7.1 billion over the next five years in North America. These companies, and many other automotive companies that don’t happen to have UAW representation, are invested in America. We must do all we can to stop our government from passing legislation to wipe out their investments.

To accomplish this, we need to work with common-sense legislators that can see beyond petty partisan issues and be sure not to close any doors. A great example of that right now is Congressman Dan Kildee from Michigan. On one hand, he introduced the proposal in the House of Representatives to pay the additional $4,500 for union-made EV’s. On the other hand, he introduced bipartisan legislation this month to provide tax relief for automotive dealers that use LIFO accounting. It shows that Congressman Kildee may have an open mind to listen to the owners of over 9,000 international automotive franchises when they tell him that his tax credit idea will stifle the sales of all non-union made EV’s and lead to the loss of investments, stores, and jobs — including in his own district in Michigan!

At the AIADA Fly-In next month, former Speaker John Boehner will serve as a keynote speaker. If you read his book, “On the House,” you will get great insight into the madness on Capitol Hill.  There are far too few legislators that want to work together to do the right thing for our country. We will have a very difficult job moving forward as a country unless we find common ground. It is up to us as car dealers and the leaders of our community to lead by example and help develop solutions that benefit all Americans. Click here to learn more and register for the Fly-In. I hope you will be able to join us and support AIADA, because we need to all work together to protect our franchises and the over 500,000 jobs that we have created at our stores.

The House and Senate are in recess until April 25th so that means you have an opportunity right now to get your legislators to either come visit you at your store or get their attention with a video or email sent to their offices. Click here to join the Legislative Action Network and click here to learn more about our Dealer Visit program. It is easy and effective!


John Connelly
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Chairman's Blog: Invested In America

Invested In AmericaChairman John Connelly offers up a dealer's perspective on the 2022 auto retail industry.