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Tue January 31, 2012
A Way To Break Out of Idaho’s “Low Wage Job Trap”?
BOISE, ID – Democrats in the Idaho Statehouse unveiled a jobs package today. They call it IJOBS 2.0. Representative Brian Cronin is minority caucus chair. He gave an overview of six bills intended to boost economic development and Idaho jobs. He said, “Many of these initiatives focus on the long term task of breaking out of the low wage trap that Idaho is in.”
The package ranges from tax credits for value added ag processors to a Buy Idaho program for state contracts, to a microenterprise loan program for small businesses. Cronin says Governor Butch Otter’s proposal for $35 million in tax relief this legislative session could help fund some of these measures.
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