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Dems unveil jobs plan

House Minority Caucus Chair Bill Killen, D-Boise, speaks at a Democratic press conference on Wednesday at which House and Senate Democrats unveiled a six-bill jobs plan. (Betsy Russell)
House Minority Caucus Chair Bill Killen, D-Boise, speaks at a Democratic press conference on Wednesday at which House and Senate Democrats unveiled a six-bill jobs plan. (Betsy Russell)

House and Senate Democrats held a press conference today to unveil a six-bill jobs package that includes fast-tracking renewable energy projects; setting up a new "jobs council" under the governor's office; providing state help to expanding small businesses; offering a tax credit for venture capital investments; and creating a new tax credits for small businesses that add new, high-paying jobs.

"All are aimed at getting people to work again," said Rep. Bill Killen, D-Boise, the House minority caucus chairman. "People with jobs can pay more in taxes than people without jobs." The package includes three Senate bills, which were introduced last week before Friday's personal bill deadline; and three House bills, for which Killen said he's received assurances from committee chairmen that the measures will receive print hearings in the House.




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