Lawmaker's proposal: Hire a homeless person, receive a state tax credit

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  • MemoFromA Demo SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Jan. 15, 2013 7:29 a.m.

    I think we also need to give serious consideration to giving a tax credit to employers for hiring illegal immigrants. Many of these people are destitute and desperate for a job. Many of them have started families since coming to the U.S., and now have children who are US citizens. Most illegals are trying their best to eke out a living so that they can stay in this country. If we are serious about supporting the Utah Compact, -- by not wanting to separate families of illegal immigrants, -- we need to do something to incentivize employers to give these people a break. Giving a tax credit to employers who hire illegal aliens would do just that.

  • milner Centerfield Sanpete, UT
    Jan. 13, 2013 12:36 p.m.

    Sounds good to me!

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Jan. 13, 2013 12:08 p.m.

    Done properly, this could be a great idea. It's certainly worth a try.

    But it might also need some help. Many homeless have serious problems with drugs, alcohol, or mental issues that could make it very difficult for an employer who is willing to give them a chance.

    Could some kind of counseling or other support be included in the package?

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Jan. 13, 2013 8:23 a.m.

    Not sure how feasible it is, but it is a great idea and should be tried. Also. how about a special tax credit for hiring someone already unemployed and on government assistance. Incentives to cut government spending.