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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More on Jobs & Education

June 25, 2020 Press Release

Modesto, CA – In response to the surge in Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in his district, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) will hold an emergency telephone town hall with County Supervisors Kristen Olsen (Stanislaus County) and Kathy Miller (San Joaquin County) to offer updates and discuss the counties’ response. Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties have seen the largest three-day hospitalization increases in the State of California over the past few days. This is the sixth telephone town hall open to the public that Rep.

June 23, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representatives Josh Harder (CA-10) and Van Taylor (TX-03) today led a bipartisan letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos asking her Department to take a more active role in helping local schools reopen campuses safely for the Fall semester. Reps. Harder and Taylor have both heard concerns from local teachers and parents.

June 23, 2020 Press Release

Stanislaus County Ranks 44th in Literacy in State of California

June 19, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) will introduce the Protecting Students from Cybercrimes Act, a bill which would provide grants to help local school districts harden their cybersecurity infrastructure to protect their students and creates funding for apprenticeships and career opportunities for students interested in careers in cybersecurity. Although schools are planning to reopen, students will have the option to continue partial distance learning. This will leave students even more exposed to possible hackers.

June 17, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) sent a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin demanding that their agencies stop illegally garnishing tax refunds from Americans with student loan debt. Although the CARES Act legally prohibited the Treasury from taking tax refunds from borrowers through at least September 30th, the agency took an estimated $18.8 million according to a class-action lawsuit.

June 16, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – After the Trump Administration announced it would not release economic projections as part of its “mid-session” budget review this summer, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) introduced the Budget Transparency Act, legislation which would force the assessment to be included in the budget and released to the public and lawmakers in Congress.

June 10, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) has been awarded the Abraham Lincoln Leadership for America Award by the United States Chamber of Commerce for his support of policies which protect America’s free enterprise system. Rep. Harder is one of only 24 members of the House of Representatives who earned this distinction. Rep. Harder received a 98 percent score for his support of pro-business policies during his first term in office.

June 3, 2020 Press Release

Modesto, CA – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10), a member of the House Education and Labor Committee, today sounded the alarm on possible teacher layoffs this summer, resulting from Governor Newsom’s proposed eight percent budget cut to districts’ general fund, as a result of a state law which expressly allows mid-summer layoffs. In a letter to Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Senate President Toni Atkins, Rep. Harder encouraged suspension of the relevant education code.

May 29, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – In response to a shocking report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) showing that more than three-quarters of nursing homes neglect to follow proper infection protocol, Representative Josh Harder contacted the agency responsible for regulating nursing homes, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), to ask for answers and urge immediate action.

May 28, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) sent a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos asking that she rescind her guidance directing public funds meant for public schools to private ones. Secretary DeVos is notorious for her relentless ideological push to privatize schools and divert public funds to private interests.