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

April 23, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representatives Josh Harder (CA-10) and Paul Mitchell (MI-10) along with three other colleagues today sent a letter to Robert Redfield, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) asking that first responders be added to the top priority category to receive Coronavirus testing. Last month, the CDC recommended testing prioritization to local authorities, but did not include first responders in the first category.

April 21, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Representatives Josh Harder (CA-10) and Jeff Van Drew (NJ-02) introduced the Fresh Produce for Kids in Need Act to help farmers get their produce to kids in need during the Coronavirus crisis. The bill would suspend a bureaucratic requirement that prevents parents from picking up fresh produce from elementary schools on behalf of their children. Students typically get access to the free fruits and vegetables at school through a federal program.

April 20, 2020 Press Release

Modesto, CA – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) today announced that Stanislaus County will receive between $90-$96 million through the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund. Rep. Harder supported the passage of the CARES Act in Congress, which made the money available through a new program. The county will use the funding to expand services and cover unexpected costs that have resulted from the response to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

April 20, 2020 Press Release

Modesto, CA – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) today sent a letter to President Trump asking for the appointment of a member of the education community to the task force to reopen the economy. Over 50 million American kids and more than 3.5 million teachers will be impacted by decisions relating to reopening the country and the current membership could leave out their needs.

April 15, 2020 Press Release

Modesto, CA – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) is encouraging his constituents who file taxes but don’t have their direct deposit information on file with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to update their information as soon as possible in order to receive their stimulus checks in the next few weeks. The IRS has already started distributing stimulus payments and those who use direct deposit will get their payments weeks earlier than those who wait for a paper check to be mailed. Rep.

April 8, 2020 Press Release

Modesto, CA – After hearing concerns from local workers, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) sent a letter to President Trump asking for hazard pay and protections for essential workers putting themselves on the line to keep our country safe. Harder called on the President to ensure workers receive fair compensation and have updated national emergency standards to protect their health and safety while they continue to work. Rep.

April 8, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – This week Representatives Josh Harder (CA-10) and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) will introduce the bipartisan Covid-19 Graduate Relief Act, with six other cosponsors, to allow 2020 college graduates to defer their student loans for three years. The Coronavirus has sent the U.S. job market into a tailspin - last month, the U.S. lost over 700,000 jobs – and this bill will help support recent graduates until the economy rebounds.

April 7, 2020 Press Release

Modesto, CA – After hearing concerns from the Stanislaus County Office of Education (STANCOE) regarding an impending deadline, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) contacted the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to ask for flexibility. This year, Stanislaus County’s Head Start programs became eligible for $2.5 million in Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) and Quality Improvement funding, but local officials must submit a report regarding how the funding is being used in order to receive the funds from the federal government.

April 2, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Representatives Josh Harder (CA-10), Antonio Delgado (NY-19) and Anthony Brindisi (NY-22) led a bipartisan letter with over 80 other members of Congress urging the Small Business Administration (SBA) to ensure farmers and agricultural businesses can access immediate Coronavirus relief through the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program under the recently-passed CARES Act.  The CARES Act expanded the EIDL program to enable small businesses – including farmers -  to access immediate, emergency grants.

March 31, 2020 Press Release

Modesto, CA – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) will host a webinar tomorrow to help small business owners understand and access the relief available to them as the economic fallout resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic continues. The event will feature a presentation by the U.S. Small Business Administration and local experts on small business resources. Businesses can participate directly in the event via Zoom, or watch the event via Facebook Live on Rep. Harder’s Facebook page.