If you’ve had trouble getting groceries due to stocking issues, a bipartisan bill in the House is looking to cut down on one supply chain issue.
Virginia Democratic Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger and Rep. Mike Gallagher, a Republican from Wisconsin, have authored the “Strengthening Supply Chains Through Truck Driver Incentives Act” which would offer refundable tax credits to new truck drivers or people enrolled in a registered trucking apprenticeship. That credit would be up to $10,000 and would last for two years. It would also create a $7,500 refundable tax credit for truck drivers holding a valid Class A CDL who drive at least 1,900 hours in the year. It would also last two years.
When speaking about the bill, Congresswoman Spanberger had this to say:
“The bill is bipartisan. I worked with Rep. Mike Gallagher, a Republican from Wisconsin on this. It’s a really pretty common sense effort to get at a problem that’s impacting the nation.”
In Virginia, the bill has received widespread industry support. The American Trucking Association, the American Loggers Council, the Virginia Trucking Association, the Virginia Farm Bureau, Virginia Agribusiness Council, and the Virginia Loggers Association have all voiced support for the bill when it was introduced late last month.
Hopefully, the introduction of this bill can encouraging more people to enter the industry and keep existing drivers on the job.