Jobs & Education
Folks in the Central Valley know how to work hard. However, the deck is stacked against us in Washington and Sacramento causing us to – have an unemployment rate twice the national average.
As a former businessman, I know what it takes to grow a business from a couple of guys in a garage to a company with hundreds of employees. I’m using this experience to bring more good-paying jobs and more opportunity to the Central Valley. We have to attract top job opportunities to the Valley – and that starts by making sure our community has the in-demand skills to match what employers need. That’s why I fought to serve you on the Education and Labor Committee and am focused on building stronger apprenticeship and vocational programs to get folks the skills they need for good-paying jobs.
You used to be able to support a family and send your kids to school all on one salary. Not anymore. The Middle Class is being squeezed, and it’s harder than it’s been in decades for folks to get ahead. We have an amazing workforce ready to work hard – we just need the resources and skills to bring those good jobs to the Valley. That’s why I’m focused on making the Central Valley the best place to raise a family and do business.
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Modesto, CA – Next week, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) will host an informational webinar to provide teachers with free additional resources to help them effectively adapt to distance learning and give them resources for the non-traditional school year. The Smithsonian Institution and Library of Congress will join the event to discuss the resources they have created for teachers during this difficult time, including the Smithsonian’s learning lab and distance learning resources.
Modesto, CA – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) today sent a letter to State Superintendent Tony Thurmond and Governor Gavin Newsom asking that the state of California prioritize staffing of mental health professionals during the Coronavirus Pandemic. With students at home and missing normal social and educational opportunities, Rep. Harder wants to ensure mental health is considered a top priority as the state develops and implements its plans for the school year.
WASHINGTON – After securing substantial support in last year’s funding package, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) announced that this year’s water development funding bill also includes millions in funding for water storage projects which benefit the Central Valley. The bill passed the House today on a vote of 217-197.
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Modesto, CA – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) today announced that his office has now saved constituents $3,001,426.00 in government benefits or mistaken bills from government agencies. Members of Congress typically focus specifically on issues with federal agencies, but with extended unemployment and significant issues with the California Economic Development Department (EDD), Rep. Harder’s office team expanded to help people cut through red tape at that state agency.
WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) today announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will invest $2,334,992 to help continue Migrant Head Start programs in the Central Valley. The Migrant Head Start program provides comprehensive early childhood education and general health and nutrition assistance to primarily children of migrant and seasonal farmworkers.
WASHINGTON – After Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) led an effort to make California eligible to receive federal funding to eradicate invasive nutria, the House of Representatives passed legislation that allows the state to apply for millions of dollars in federal funding to combat the pest. The bill also increases the total amount allocated to three programs through the Fish and Wildlife Service which help states and local residents combat invasive species, including the nutria.
Modesto, CA – In response to concerns from county and state fair leaders, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) is introducing the Protecting Fairs During Coronavirus Act. The bill would create a new emergency grant program to help offset the massive revenue losses our fairs are experiencing because of health care measures taken to combat the Coronavirus Pandemic. Hundreds of thousands of Californians attend these fairs every year and generate approximately $3.5 billion in annual economic impact.
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