Trump tax cuts boosting wages and hiring, Miami small business owner says

A small business owner is thanking President Donald Trump for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 which she says has allowed her business to hire new employees and increase wages for its hourly workers.

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“It gives us an opportunity to reinvest our money into our businesses rather than giving it to the federal government to spend on our behalf,” Irina Vilarino, owner of Las Vegas Cuban Cuisine, said during an interview on FOX Business’ “Risk & Reward.”

Vilarino said her employees are reaping the benefits of the GOP tax reform bill, with wages having increased 20% for hourly employees.

“Really who’s benefiting at this moment are the employees,” she said. “They’ve seen a wage increase in the last six months, which hasn’t occurred in the last eight years.”

Vilarino was able to express her gratitude to Trump at a Florida business roundtable Monday.

“Government helps small businesses by letting us do our jobs and getting out of the way, by unleashing the American spirit,” she said.

The restaurant owner arrived in the United States at the age of four during the 1980 Mariel boatlift when then-President Fidel Castro allowed 125,000 Cubans to emigrate to the shores of Florida.

“Having come from a country that promised everything and only delivered misery, I knew that eight years of promoting appeasement, apologies and entitlement was taking us down a path of no return,” Vilarino said in Hialeah, Florida.

Vilarino also reacted to former President Barack Obama’s trip to Cuba in 2016 where he enjoyed a baseball game with President Raul Castro, the brother of Fidel.

“It was disheartening that the leader of the free world would sit with a murderous thug and high five him. It was really disgraceful for us,” she said.