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Councilmember Robert White Incentivizes Businesses to Hire Seniors and Others Who Face Barriers to Employment
Washington, DC—Today, Councilmember Robert White introduced the Local Work Opportunity Tax Credit Amendment Act of 2018. The bill would match the federal tax credit of up to $2,400 for employers that hire a District resident who has been unemployed for more than 27 consecutive weeks, is an unemployed veteran, has a disability, convicted felon, receives assistance or supplemental security income benefits. Unlike the federal tax credit, White’s bill creates a local tax credit for employers who hire senior citizens.
“This market-based solution would open the door for employment for those who face barriers to employment, including the long-time unemployed, by building on the Federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit. For the first time, we would provide assistance for our seniors who are not covered by the federal benefit. Given the economic pressures and rising costs in our city, some of our retired seniors, or those who fell victim to the Great Recession, need to return to work.”
“Every elected official has met senior citizens or long-time unemployed residents who have much to offer, but just can’t catch a break. We can help get our residents back to work with an investment that will cost taxpayers far less than it costs to support them if they remain unemployed.”
Councilmembers Mary Cheh, Kenyan McDuffie, Anita Bonds, David Grosso, Elissa Silverman, Brianne Nadeau, Vincent Gray, and Trayon White signed on as co-introducers. Charles Allen and Brandon Todd signed on as co-sponsors.