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Education Pays

February 01, 2012

In today’s meeting of the Conferees for H.R. 3630, the “Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act,” Democrat Conferees spoke in opposition to the education provision in the House-passed bill.  The provision requires those receiving unemployment insurance to make progress toward a GED if they have not graduated from high school, with appropriate exceptions like for older workers.  Democrat Conferees opposed the requirement despite what the chart below shows – those with a higher education are both more likely to be employed and more likely to earn a higher salary.

As the Conferees work toward a solution, they should do everything they can to help unemployed Americans get back to work.  This GED requirement is a step in the right direction.