Smucker Introduces Legislation to Help Fill Job Openings with Skilled Workers Through Investment in Workforce, Apprenticeship Opportunities

July 7, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. —Rep. Lloyd Smucker (PA-11) has introduced legislation to spur investment in building a stronger workforce to meet the demands of the 21st century. The USA Workforce Tax Credit Act would encourage charitable donations for community-based apprenticeship initiatives, career and technical education, workforce development and K-12 educational preparedness. Eligible nonprofits include educational institutions, community organizations, training institutes, community colleges, scholarship groups and labor union-affiliated nonprofits.

According to the latest report from Department of Labor, there are a record 9.2 million job openings across America, including 814,000 in manufacturing. The Biden Administration has fallen short on creating the number of jobs they promised they would, further hindering our economic recovery. Combined with rising prices for goods driven by Biden’s inflation tax, it is more critical than ever that we help more Americans upskill and reenter the workforce in in-demand, high paying jobs.

“The latest report of a record 9.2 million jobs available nationwide, reflects what I have heard from small businesses across Lancaster and York counties. Employers simply cannot find enough skilled workers to meet their demand. I saw the skills gap firsthand as a small business owner. This legislation will help invest in critical workforce development and apprenticeship programs to help ensure that workers are ready for the jobs available today,” said Rep. Smucker.

The tax credit would cap at $2 billion, beginning in tax year 2021. One-half of this credit would be set aside for job preparation initiatives like apprenticeships with the remainder set aside for educational preparedness scholarships for K-12 students.

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