Monday, September 12, 2011

Gallego attends Obama jobs press conference, brings facts to Arizona

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX President Obama invited Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix (District 16), to a White House press conference today to urge Congress to pass his jobs bill.

Gallego, a state legislator and Iraq War veteran, said the President’s speech gave him hope that job growth will soon come to south Phoenix, an area he represents.

“It was an honor to stand with the President and support a plan we can all agree is a way to move our economy forward,” Gallego said. “We can work together to create the jobs of the future by helping small business entrepreneurs, by investing in education and by our own innovation. It’s time to jump start our country’s economic engine – the middle class.”

As part of President Obama’s American Jobs Act in Arizona:

  • 110,000 businesses will receive a payroll tax cut
  • Highway and transit modernization projects will receive immediate investments of at least $603 million in Arizona that could support a minimum of approximately 7,800 local jobs.
  • States and localities would be able to avoid and reverse layoffs now, and the plan will provide $626 million in funds to Arizona to support up to 9,700 educator and first responder jobs.
  • A typical household with a median income of around $46,000 will receive a tax cut of around $1,430.

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