Kavulich: Help companies who keep it ‘Made in Pennsylvania’

HARRISBURG, May 20 – State Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich, D-Lackawanna, today announced the introduction of the “Made in Pennsylvania Manufacturing Tax Credit Act” that would give substantial tax breaks to state-based companies expanding and hiring new workers.

“People think we don’t make anything here anymore, that all the jobs have left the state and gone elsewhere. That’s just not true, and by creating more good-paying, family-sustaining jobs we rebuild a strong middle class,” Kavulich said. “I want to make sure that we do all we can to help companies that are dedicated to the Keystone state – and our working people.”

The tax credits would pay back up to 5 percent of payroll expenses to Pennsylvania-based manufacturers that increase payroll by at least $1 million over a four-quarter period. To qualify, the jobs created would have to:

  • be full time;
  • include health benefits;
  • pay a wage equal to the average wage in the county where the jobs are based; and
  • maintained for a minimum of five years.

Kavulich said this legislation already has bipartisan support and is a key component of Gov. Tom Wolf’s “Jobs That Pay” initiative. He urged people who support a strong middle class to help get the bill passed into law by visiting www.pahouse.com/MadeInPa and signing the online petition.