In an interview on WESA radio Tuesday afternoon, Rep. Allyson Schwartz said she would try to boost employment in the state by increasing business incentives to hire and train apprentices.
The Montgomery County lawmaker, who is running for the Democratic nomination for governor, proposed expanded tax credits with the goal of double the number of Pennsylvania workers enrolled in apprentice progams. She called for a tax credit equal to 50 percnet of an apprentice's wages, supplemented by additional tax credits for firms that offer permanent jobs to those completing apprenticeships.
Responding to a call-in question, Ms. Schwartz defended her recent vote for a major agriculture bill in Congress which included an 8 percnet cut to the Food Stamp program. In doing so, she offered a rare accolade to the man she wants to replace, Gov. Tom Corbett. She noted that an earlier version of the legislation would have imposed much steeper cuts on the supplemental nutrition program. And she applauded the fact that Mr. Corbett had exploited a provision of the law that would leverage heating assistance dollars to shield Pennsylvania families from the potential cuts in food aid.
"Tom Corbett, I must say, has stepped up,'' she said.