Miller Jobs Bill Will Increase Revenues, Reduce Safety Net Spending, Independent Analysis Shows

May 18, 2010 Issues: Jobs and Job Training, Labor

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Legislation to create and save jobs in local communities would be partially offset by almost $39 billion in increased tax revenues and a reduction in social spending, according to an independent analysis released today by the Economic Policy Institute.  EPI also calculated that the legislation would indirectly create an estimated 150,000 jobs – jobs supported by the spending of workers whose jobs were directly created or saved.

“Our nation’s budding economic recovery can ill afford another round of significant layoffs,” said U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-CA), lead sponsor of the Local Jobs for America Act (H.R. 4812) and chair of the House Education and Labor Committee. “This analysis confirms that keeping Americans working is more beneficial to our economy than handing them a pink slip.”
To prevent cuts to vital local services, part of the legislation would
provide $75 billion over two years directly to local communities to stop
planned cuts or to hire back 675,000 workers for local services. EPI’s
analysis of this part of the legislation found that almost $39 billion
of the cost would be offset because it would keep taxpayers on payrolls
and reduce spending on unemployment and other social safety net
benefits.

“[The Local Jobs for America Act’s] net cost will be much lower than
advertised as it puts people back to work and turns them into tax-payers
rather than benefit-collectors,” the EPI analysis concluded.

The bill also would provide $24 billion to states to help support
250,000 education jobs, put 5,500 law enforcement officers on the beat,
and retain, rehire, and hire firefighters. The Local Jobs for America
Act
would also fund approximately 50,000 additional private-sector
on-the-job training positions to help local businesses put people back
to work. Workers would be able to acquire core job skills and important
work experience for private employers.

Job estimates released by the Education and Labor Committee.

More than 300 national and local organizations have announced their
support of the Local Jobs for America Act to House leadership.