President Obama will be in Denver today to talk about the urgent need to pass his plan to create jobs and strengthen the economy: the American Jobs Act. Folks have been letting us know how they think the President’s plan will help their communities—why do you support it?
“I am a small business owner. My associates work hard for my business and they strive for excellence in the workplace. For them to keep more of their hard-earned pay would mean a great deal. We do all we can to foster a clean, positive, family-style environment for them and more funds in their pockets is a definite plus.”
—Sherri, West Virginia
The American Jobs Act will cut payroll taxes in half for 160 million workers next year, providing the average worker with an extra $1,500 to take home.
“I work for a nonprofit that provides structured recess in low-income area public schools across the country. My CFO has estimated that the American Jobs Act would save us $300,000 in taxes. That would mean being able to hire six more staff members, serving six more schools and 4,000 more children. I support the American Jobs Act!”
As part of the plan, the President is proposing three new tax cuts to provide small businesses with an incentive to hire and invest.
“I am self-employed. My small business, like every other small business, has been impacted by the fact that middle-class America no longer can afford to spend for anything other than bare essentials. We need jobs and we need them now. We need to restore the infrastructure of this country and we need to restore the respect for and stature of the working class.”
To encourage companies to hire and to help folks struggling to find work, the President’s plan will provide a tax credit of up to $4,000 to businesses that hire workers who have been looking for a job for over six months.
“I am a future teacher, and the impact that this act could have on our educational system would be life-changing. For schools to have funding to renovate and to hire more staff would create a much more successful school system for all of the children who are enrolled in public schools.”
—Alexis, New Hampshire
The plan focuses on investments in education, including funding to modernize 35,000 schools and $30 billion to prevent the layoff of 280,000 teachers.
“This is a no-brainer. This bill needs to be passed.”
—Justin, New York