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Moulton, Kuster, Polis, Announce Introduction of Legislation to Improve Workforce Development Programs

June 1st, 2017

Moulton: “It’s time to restore economic security, opportunity, and the American Dream”

Washington, D.C.— Representatives Seth Moulton (D-MA), Annie Kuster (D-NH), and Jared Polis (D-CO) announce the introduction of their legislation the Workforce Development Investment Act. The legislation would create tax incentives to encourage companies and educators to partner in training programs to help workers gain the skills needed for careers in the 21st Century economy. Specifically, the bill would create a credit to encourage employers to partner with community colleges and career and technical training schools to develop workforce training programs for skills that are in demand within their community or region. It would also create a separate credit for the cost of direct training conducted as part of an educational partnership or licensed apprenticeship program.

“The American Dream is slipping away. Hardworking American families are suffering because we’re preparing our workforce for yesterday’s economy, instead of tomorrow’s. It’s time to restore economic security, opportunity, and the American Dream. And that starts by providing educators and companies the resources they need to train workers of the future,” said Representative Moulton.

“Companies know what they’re looking for in employees and if we can help them train workers in the skills they need it’s a win-win for all involved,” said Representative Kuster. “This bill expands job training and makes it easier for community colleges to partner with employers to make sure we are training students in the skills they need for the 21st Century economy.”

“We need to create avenues in the education system that meet the real needs of the 21st century workforce. A practical step to get this done is to provide a pathway for Americans to acquire the new skills they need for the good-paying jobs they want,” Representative Polis said. “There are businesses out there that are ready and willing to hire the right person for the job, and it’s our responsibility to make sure our workforce is able to access this type of valuable training.”

To learn more about Congressman Seth Moulton visit https://moulton.house.gov or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Medium.

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