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|Congressman Proposes Tax Credit for Green Jobs
|FIRST REPORTED 6:30am 4/25/10 A local Congressman says Galesburg has the capacity to be at the front of the "green" manufacturing revolution, and he thinks he can help.
17th District Democrat Phil Hare was in Galesburg Saturday, where he talked about a bill he's introduced that would provide a 30 percent tax credit for manufacturers who want to open up facilities that build green energy equipment -- like wind turbines or components of them.
Hare says he'd like to see those manufacturers come to Galesburg.
"There's hundreds of billions of dollars worth of wind turbines and bio-fuel refinery components, carbon capture components, and other green technologies," Hare said. "I see no reason why they can't be made here in Galesburg, Illinois. You have an empty plant (the Maytag plant), and I would like to be able to see manufacturing come back to the city, and come back to this district and this nation, and be able to reward corporations for doing it."
The Rock Island Democrat says as much as he'd like to simply see more green technology manufactured in the U.S., he'd love nothing more than to see cars coming in and out of the former Maytag plant again, which closed six years ago.
He says the $5 billion that would be provided under the Security in Energy and Manfacturing Act, or SEAM, would be revenue-neutral, in that it's using funds that he says have already been allocated.
(Rep. Phil Hare, left, speaks Saturday at the Galesburg Welcome Center while Galesburg Mayor Sal Garza listens. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
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