Braley said he has helped to create economic opportunity with his “Back to Work” act designed to give employers tax credits if they hire an unemployed workers and if they keep that worker for one year they get an additional tax credit.
“It was enormously successful in Iowa,” Braley said. “There were 100,000 employees hired that next year who would have been eligible for that credit.”
The advantages are many, Braley said, because now those unemployed workers are paying state and federal income taxes and contributing to Social Security and Medicare.
Plus it gives that person a sense of well-being.
“It gives you the dignity of having a job,” Braley said. “So it’s a win-win type of economic opportunity. And those are the types of things that I think can be bipartisan solutions, short-term in nature, to try and encourage employers to hire unemployed workers and get them back in the job market.”
Braley is a Washington insider now in his fourth term in the U.S. House serving Iowa’s 1st District since 2006. District 1 covers 20 counties in eastern and east central Iowa.
Braley said he doesn’t expect to face a Democrat opponent in the June 2014 primary.
“So I’ve worked really hard to try and develop a broad base of support within my party and avoid having to run in a primary,” Braley said, noting he has endorsements from Tom Harkin, Tom Miller, Mike Fitzgerald and Chet Culver.
Braley said he has covered 2/3rds of his 79 county tour to introduce himself to the residents who do not reside in his 20 county district.
Braley is married and has three children.
Young is not married.