Delgado touts bill to encourage hiring military spouses

Rep. Antonio Delgado introduced a bill with five Republican and Democratic co-sponsors on Wednesday that would encourage employers to hire the spouses of military service personnel by making a portion of those wages eligible for an existing tax credit for the hiring of veterans and other types of employees.

“Military families make immense sacrifices for our country, yet military spouses experience an unemployment rate of nearly 30 percent,” Delgado, a Rhinebeck Democrat, said in a press release. “Supporting military families is a top priority, and I’m proud to introduce legislation to address the military spouse unemployment crisis and empower thousands of families in Upstate New York and across the country.”

Current law allows businesses to claim a Workforce Opportunity Tax Credit for hiring military veterans and other targeted groups. Delgado’s short bill would simply add military spouses to that list.

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