Basile proposes tax credit for donations to union training programs

Stony Point councilman and Senate candidate Tom Basile has proposed creating a state tax credit for businesses and individuals that make donations to trade unions to help pay for training and apprenticeship programs.

Basile, one of two Republicans running for the 39th Senate District seat that Bill Larkin is vacating, said his proposed credit would match the donation amount, and is intended to spur investment in those programs. He did not provide an estimate of how much the credit would cost.

“Incentivizing the creation and expansion of training programs will get more people the qualifications they need to find work and build a career that provides a living wage,” Basile said in a statement.

He said the donations encouraged by the credit would be particularly helpful to the region’s building trades. The Hudson Valley Building and Construction Trades Council and its 28 unions represent about 10,000 workers – such as laborers, electricians and ironworkers – and are a potent political force in the region, making significant campaign contributions to politicians and candidates on both sides of the aisle.

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