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ICYMI: Apprenticeships work for Montanans

HELENA -- Governor Steve Bullock and Rep. Casey Schreiner, D-Great Falls, want to put more Montanans to work and have introduced legislation to increase apprenticeship opportunities.

House Bill 308 will provide Main Street Montana businesses with tax credits to strengthen apprenticeship opportunities throughout Montana. An employer can receive a $1,000 tax credit for every apprentice -- and $2,000 for every veteran --  hired and provided on-the-job training.

“Our state has a healthy employment rate that continues to be bolstered by diverse industries. It is a good time to be a member of the labor force under the Big Sky. But as our state’s workforce continues to age and retire, the legislature needs to seriously consider opportunities that will strengthen apprenticeship programs and train the next generation of Montanans.” -- Rep. Casey Schreiner

“It’s time for Republicans to act on a common sense jobs bill that benefits all Montanans and supports our local businesses,” said Nancy Keenan, executive director of the Montana Democratic Party. “By creating more apprenticeships today we’re creating better economic opportunities and jobs for Montanans.”

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