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Brubaker proposes tax credit for job training partnerships

By , - Last modified: March 26, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Businesses would receive tax credits for contributions to the Pennsylvania Industry Partnerships workforce development program under a bill introduced Friday by state Sen. Mike Brubaker of Lancaster County.

Senate Bill 1460 would let businesses use up to 75 percent of their contributions to the program to offset their state tax liabilities, excluding contributions made to satisfy requirements for state matching grants, Brubaker's office said in a release.

"My legislation would provide an even stronger incentive for businesses to participate in this program and invest in their employees," Brubaker said in a statement.

Among those supporting the idea are the United Way of Pennsylvania, the Manufacturers' Association of South Central Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Business Council, according to the release.

Via the Industry Partnerships, state workforce development programs work with local businesses to identify emerging industry needs and fund the appropriate training programs. Begun as a Department of Labor and Industry initiative in 2005, Industry Partnerships were written into law last year via Senate Bill 552, also sponsored by Brubaker.

More than 6,300 businesses have participated in the program, and more than 70,000 workers have undergone training, according to the department. However, several years of repeated funding cuts have prompted proponents to express concern for its viability.

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