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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WASHINGTON — Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) urged the Small Business Administration (SBA) to increase their speed in delivering the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants intended to help reopen thousands of closed venues across the country. As it stands after two months of the program being open, only 3% of applications for the grant have even been reviewed by the federal government.
WASHINGTON — Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) announced that the IRS will continue to provide tax credits of up to $17,110 per employee to help local small businesses cover the costs of providing paid sick and family leave for workers through September. Along with using the leave to care for themselves and family who are sick, workers can also use paid leave to get their COVID vaccinations and take time off to recover from any temporary side effects from the shot.
WASHINGTON — Today, Representative Harder (CA-10) secured the inclusion of the 7th Street Bridge and State Route 132 projects in the upcoming INVEST in America Act. Together, the projects will amount to $18.5 million in new federal investments in the Central Valley. Securing a place for both projects in this bill is a momentous first step toward getting them enacted into law. The 7th Street Bridge is one of the most dangerous and poorly rated bridges in California.
WASHINGTON — Today, Representatives Josh Harder (CA-10) and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) reintroduced the bipartisan Disability Employment Incentive Act to encourage businesses to hire and retain more workers with disabilities, including veterans. Presently, despite 80% of Americans with disabilities wanting to work, only 18% are actually employed.
WASHINGTON — In reaction to new reporting on the continued failure of the California Employment Development Department (EDD), Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) again called on the Department of Labor to release the $2 billion in support for state unemployment agencies as soon as possible. Rep. Harder passed these new funds into law in March through the American Rescue Plan, yet not a single dime has been distributed to state agencies.
WASHINGTON — Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) announced that Modesto Junior College and Stanislaus State will collectively receive more than $73 million in emergency funds through the American Rescue Plan, which he recently voted to pass into law. At least half of this funding will be distributed in the form of emergency cash assistance grants to provide direct relief to students who are facing hunger, homelessness, and other hardships.
WASHINGTON — Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) announced that more than $1.3 million in federal money is heading to the Central Valley for its Head Start programs. Central California Migrant Head Start will receive $799,675 and Stanislaus County will receive $533,618. The funds will be distributed by the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and will go directly to funding both the Stanislaus and Migrant Head Start programs in the Valley.
WASHINGTON — This week, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) voted to pass two bills that will address wage discrimination and violence in workplaces across the Central Valley and around the nation. The bills, the Paycheck Fairness Act and Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act, both have bipartisan support and would bring immediate help to Valley workers.
MODESTO — Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) announced that more help is on the way for local businesses as the Small Business Administration’s Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program begins accepting applications this morning. Rep. Harder helped secure additional funding for the program as part of the American Rescue Plan’s support for jobs and small businesses.
MODESTO — Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) released a statement in advance of the release of President Biden’s multi-trillion dollar infrastructure package. Rep. Harder laid out his two major priorities for this next package:
- A concerted focus on investments and job creation in the Central Valley;
- Federal resources for local water infrastructure projects.