Despite the DC gridlock and Democratic Presidential debates, the Rural Jobs Act was introduced this week in the House and Senate to authorize an additional $500 Million Dollars in annual new markets tax credit (NMTC) allocation for 2019 and 2020 that would go to rural job zones.
The rural job zones are defined as low-income communities with a population of 50,000 residents or less that are not adjacent to any urbanized area.
At least 25% of the new NMTC allocation authority would be prioritized for counties with persistent poverty and high migration.
Lead sponsors of the bicameral and bipartisan legislation are Reps. Terri Sewell, D-Ala., and Jason Smith, R-Mo., and Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Shelley Capito, R-W.V., and Ben Cardin, D-Md.
Glimmers of hope. Have a super weekend. -Brad