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|Hare Touts New Jobs Plan
|Congressman Phil Hare believes proposed legislation he had a hand in creating will put Americans back to work.
Hare joined House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller, other lawmakers and representatives from the National League of Cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors this week to introduce the Local Jobs for America Act. The Rock Island Democrat says the legislation would create one-million public and private sector jobs in communities across the country. Financial problems in states like Illinois are resulting in the elimination of jobs - from education to public safety.
Hare, during a conference call with reporters, said Miller crafted the bill that will get people to work immediately.
"This legislation includes...$75 billion over two years to local communities to hire vital staff, funding for 50,000 on-the-job private sector training positions, $23 billion this year to help states support 250,000 education jobs, and $1.18 billion to put 5,500 law enforcement officers on the beat, and $500 million to retain, rehire, and hire firefighters," Hare said.
Hare says 14.9 million Americans are unemployed, and more than 40 percent of them have been out of work for more than six months - so the legislation is needed badly.
Hare says the bill also includes a compromise that ensures rural school districts receive their fair share of funding, helping both big cities and small communities as well. He says the bill, when enacted, will create economic investment in communities, bolster tax revenue and move people off of unemployment.
|03 12 10 by Newsroom
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