Earlier today, the US Senate voted overwhelmingly (96 for, 3 against) to take up HR 3474, the Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act.
This procedural vote of cloture means that a final vote on the bill may be coming soon. In the mean time, amendments will be considered and negotiations concluded. We anticipate a vote on the floor of the Senate as early as this week. (more…)
In January, I mentioned that Minnesota’s Democrat Governor Mark Dayton was proposing state jobs tax credits to reward employers who hire veterans, unemployed workers, and recent graduates. During the intervening months, this ongoing story hit the news a surprising number of times . . . almost always in the context of budgeting disagreements between state Democrats and the Republican controlled Minnesota legislature. (more…)
Thank you to Rik Moore of the National Telecommuting Institute, Inc. for bringing this to my attention early last week.
The US Department of Labor has offered new guidance bringing into focus the WOTC provisions of the recently passed Vow to Hire Heroes Act of 2011. A summary of WOTC-related provisions from the act has been published on the Department of Labor’s website. The following is copied directly from that document. Please download the entire document in order to see footnotes and introductory content not included here. (more…)
The South Carolina Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved a tax credit measure last week that would reward South Carolina employers when they hire the unemployed. The tax credit would accumulate at the rate of $100 per month for a maximum credit of $2,400 over a two-year period. (more…)
U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal’s (D-CT) office issued the following press release yesterday. Interest in restoring WOTG Target Group “J” (Unemployed Veteran) has been growing since the legislation that created the category expired on December 31, 2010. Target Group K (Disconnected Youth) also expired on December 31. (more…)
U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan has introduced S3706, The Americans Want to Work Act. Of most interest to this forum is that this bill would extend the HIRE Act’s Payroll Tax Exemption through the end of 2011. The Payroll Tax Exemption is currently slated to expire on December 31, 2010. (more…)
This amazing map was published by the American Observer (American University’s Graduate Journalism Magazine). Using color mapping, it illustrates the monthly progress of the recession in each U.S. county as reflected by increasing levels of unemployment. (more…)