Tom Reed writes op eds infrequently; here are some:
June 23, 2015 Op-Eds
After a flurry of Op-Eds in 2015, there have been about one each year.
In 2015, Tom favored free trade; now he presumably supports Donald Trump’s views on trade. Property rights were promoted then, but now all but forgotten.
Tom’s latest is on vocational training which he offers as an alternative to college. The heart of Tom’s Op-Ed is this:
I agree (with Trump) every American should have the opportunity to have an honest day’s work and a meaningful career to support themselves. That’s why I recently introduced the Leveraging and Energizing America’s Apprentice Programs or LEAP Act with Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (D-CA). The bill is designed to increase apprenticeships through a new federal tax credit for employers.
I note that Tom would encourage apprenticeship with tax credits for employers. Tom really does like business tax credits; he may see them as stealth business tax cuts.
Here is the CRS summary for Tom’s bill, H.R. 3061:
This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow employers a business-related tax credit of $1,500 for hiring an apprentice who has not attained age 25 at the close of the taxable year or $1,000 for an apprentice who has attained age 25. The bill allows such credit for no more than two taxable years with respect to any apprentice. An “apprentice” is an employee who is employed in an officially-recognized apprenticeable occupation pursuant to an apprentice agreement registered with the Office of Apprenticeship of the Employment and Training Administration of the Department of Labor or a recognized state apprenticeship agency.
H.R. 2399 is a similar bill; LEAP Act bills have been introduced in previous Congresses but they died in committee. Perhaps with President Trump’s support the LEAP Act will become law this time.