REDUCE RECIDIVISM BY INCREASING THE WORK OPPORTUNITY TAX CREDIT

Please join me as a cosponsor of H.R. 4840 the Hire for a Second Chance Act of 2016. This bill would help ease employer tax burdens by increasing the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) for hiring ex-offenders and returning citizens to $5,600. It also makes the WOTC permanent for ex-offenders and indexes the tax credit to inflation.

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Help Create Middle-Class Jobs

Recreational boating is a multi-billion dollar per year business in the United States that supports hundreds of thousands of middle-class jobs. Yachts are the floating economic engines at the center of this industry. At least thirteen percent of the value of every yacht sold in the U.S. immediately goes towards upgrades that boost the local economy where the sale takes place. And, an additional ten percent of the boat’s value goes to maintenance every year. This means jobs for carpenters, painters, mechanics, welders, and others involved in boat maintenance and retrofitting. Plus, each yacht docked in the U.S. requires the support of crew members who spend their dollars in the local economy.

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Stop Another OSHA Regulatory Overreach: Silica Dust

OSHA proposed a rule to limit exposure levels for silica dust in 2013. Three years later, the proposed rule is still threatening many industries in our districts and will be finalized imminently. In the meantime, the rulemaking is creating significant uncertainty for a number of industries around the country including construction, oil and natural gas, foundries, aggregates, brick manufacturers, maritime, and many more.

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Fund the Secure our Schools Program

Because of the increasing threat of violence, school officials are seeking to enhance safety and security measures. Many schools’ tight budget constraints do not allow the flexibility to include much needed improvements to campus security and emergency response capabilities.

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