Encouraging Job Growth
“One of my priorities is focusing on policies that encourage job growth in this country so that every American who’s looking for work can find a good paying job.”
Even though the unemployment rate in this country today may be relatively low, it doesn’t feel that way for many American families. They’re doing their best to find a good job with solid wages and benefits – but the best they can do is find part-time work. At the same time, I hear from businesses that are looking to hire workers but can’t find employees with the right skillset for the available jobs. It is critical that we close the skills gap in this country and put Americans back to work in good paying jobs.
As a proud lifetime member of UFCW Local 1459 I am also unwavering in my support for my brothers and sisters in organized labor. Union jobs with good wages and benefits is what built the middle class and if we are to level the playing field for working families, organized labor will be part of the solution.
As the lead Democrat of the Ways & Means Committee, which handles many of the nation’s economic issues, Congressman Neal is focused on creating job opportunities for hard-working Americans, including:
- Recently introduced legislation calling for $1 billion in investments to help low-income parents receive the job training they need for better employment opportunities while matching local workforce demands
- Working on legislation to provide employers with a new tax credit to train and hire new workers through apprenticeship programs and partnerships with community colleges and technical schools
- Introduced legislation to expand the earned income tax credit, which encourages and rewards work for middle-class families
- Supports investing in infrastructure, which is a win-win by improving our nation’s bridges, rail and roads but also creating new good-paying jobs
- Supports making permanent the Build America Bonds program which has aided in the renovation of several schools in the First Congressional District including Holyoke High School, Minnechaug Regional High School in Hampden-Wilbraham, Holyoke High School, Putnam Vocational Tech School in Springfield, and Burgess Elementary School in Sturbridge
- Supports increasing access to high quality child care, including expanding the Child Care Tax Credit
- Has championed enhancing economic development in rural and urban communities by making permanent the New Markets Tax Credit which has enabled projects such as the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center in Holyoke and the Holyoke Public Library as well as Hot Mama’s food production facility in Springfield and the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield
- Supports expanding the Historic Tax Credit and Low-income Housing Tax Credit which would spur hundreds of jobs