House bill

Iowa House bill seeks to address labor shortage in state

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Iowa House of Representatives held a brief session Tuesday morning before taking a break to await the governor’s state-of-the-state address. But before the holidays, lawmakers approved the tabling of several bills.

House File 2013, otherwise known as the “Growing Our Workforce Investment Now Act” or “Go Win Act”, is the legislative branch’s first potential attempt to begin to dig into the problem of the labor shortage. in the state.

“A tax credit for employers who hire people who are learning or trying to train for a type of work, which will therefore allow our workforce to be trained very quickly and give the employer a tax advantage for that, “said State Representative John H. Wills (R) of Spirit Lake, who sponsored the bill.

In the language of the bill, if passed, it would “increase our thousand dollar labor tax credit” against certain types of taxes that businesses face. An employer would be entitled to this tax credit for each apprentice or trainee employed at least seven months per year.

“A lot of times employers don’t want to hire people who aren’t educated because it’s just an extra drain on their income, an extra drain on what they do, but if they get a tax credit, this will make it a more attractive option. for them, ”Wills said.

The entire invoice can be viewed on the parliament website