Ms. KUSTER. This week, I am introducing commonsense legislation to encourage public and private partnerships to help meet the needs of New Hampshire students and businesses. The Workforce Development Investment Act would give tax incentives to firms that partner with educators to improve workforce development and job training for students.
Training a highly skilled, 21st century workforce is critical for growing our economy, creating jobs, and strengthening the middle class. When we invest in our workforce, more employers will invest in the United States; and in the Granite State, our students will be more competitive in the job market, and our businesses will be more successful in the global economy.
Right now, there are companies like WH Bagshaw in Nashua, New Hampshire, that are looking to hire but struggling to find workers with the right skills for the job. My bill would help close this skills gap by providing incentives for businesses to team up with educators to teach our students the skills they need to compete and succeed.
This is a commonsense proposal, and I urge your support.