Rep. Smucker Introduces Bill to Create New Tax Credit to Support Workforce Development

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker (PA-16) introduced legislation to address the urgent need to ensure current and future workers are prepared for jobs in today’s 21st century economy.

The USA Workforce Tax Credit Act would establish a new federal tax credit that will encourage charitable donations for community-based apprenticeship programs, career and technical education, workforce development, and educational preparedness.

Pictured left to right: Brett Melvin, Executive Director, Bridging America’s Gap and former Senior Advisor to then U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao; Rep. Lloyd Smucker; Thomas Carroll, Executive Director of the #EdTaxCredit50 Coalition; Corporal Jeffrey J. Cleland, U.S. Marine Corps, Ret., Director of President George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Institute

“One of the best ways to lift people up and provide more opportunity is to connect them with good-paying, family-sustaining jobs,” said Rep. Smucker. “When I was operating a small construction company, I saw the skills gap firsthand. There were times when we couldn’t expand our business and create more jobs because workers were simply unavailable. The goal of this legislation is to encourage investment in organizations and programs that are preparing individuals for the jobs of today.”

Today there are more than 4.5 million jobs available, including 400,000 in the manufacturing sector. The tax credit would be capped at $2 billion annually, beginning in tax year 2018.

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