Proposed Bill to Give Tax Credit for Hiring Virginia Graduates - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA N...

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Things might be looking up for new college graduates looking for jobs. If one legislative proposal becomes law in Virginia, a college degree from anywhere in this state may suddenly become more valuable to employers and even more attractive to prospective students.
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Lynchburger

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So my child who won an out-of-state scholarship in a very in demand major is to be penalized? This sounds like another hair-brained affirmative-action style idea. How about we just hire the best and brightest candidate for the job.
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Lynchburger wrote:
So my child who won an out-of-state scholarship in a very in demand major is to be penalized? This sounds like another hair-brained affirmative-action style idea. How about we just hire the best and brightest candidate for the job.
Your not allowed to think like that, your in VA.
Me myself and I

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Lynchburger wrote:
So my child who won an out-of-state scholarship in a very in demand major is to be penalized? This sounds like another hair-brained affirmative-action style idea. How about we just hire the best and brightest candidate for the job.
Talk about first world problems! Your kid got a scholarship and is studying an in-demand major. I don't think their future is likely to be a problem.

The issue the House is trying to address is that we subsidize heavily the bachelor degrees in our state schools. Much of the value of that subsidy is lost if the graduate then goes and works out of state, so encouraging employers to hire graduates from state schools goes some way to ensuring our graduates can pay their taxes and pay back the state for their education.

The sum is too small to make any employer pick a lessor candidate to fill a vacancy. What it might do it provide a tipping point where if there are two equally qualified candidates, the employer might favor the one with the state education.

Since taxpayers paid for that education, I don't see any problem with the state using the tax system to encourage post-graduation employment of the kids it invested in.
Glad To See It

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I can not believe it, FINALLY it looks like the politicians are trying to take care of the people. This is a first. Generally, it is hand outs, this is to secure the future for the graduates and keep business here. I am glad to see this.
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how about a tax break for the people presently paying the taxes?
Bologna Streets

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Lynchburger wrote:
So my child who won an out-of-state scholarship in a very in demand major is to be penalized? This sounds like another hair-brained affirmative-action style idea. How about we just hire the best and brightest candidate for the job.
You can start with Mitt's binders he has no use for them now.
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This bill seems like it might be unconstitutional under the Commerce Clause -- it would seem to be a tax law that discriminates against out-of-state enterprises and favors in-state entities --- and therefore could be seen to be a burden on interstate commerce. Not sure about this...but it definitely looks suspect.
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Four years too late bozos. The economy is slowly recovering. Also, with the cliff coming up, is this a wise? Also agree as mentioned, why penalize out of state students?
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I find the term "recent graduates" to be troubling. My college degree, which is 10 years old, would be worth less than a new degree even though I have more experience. A new degree is usually attached to a younger person, so this borders on age discrimination.
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Lynchburger wrote:
So my child who won an out-of-state scholarship in a very in demand major is to be penalized? This sounds like another hair-brained affirmative-action style idea. How about we just hire the best and brightest candidate for the job.
Oh my, this sounds like someone in charge would have to use common sense and the ones that have it and use it, from what I've read lately, are very few and far between in human resources!
JMK

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KSS2 wrote:
This bill seems like it might be unconstitutional under the Commerce Clause -- it would seem to be a tax law that discriminates against out-of-state enterprises and favors in-state entities --- and therefore could be seen to be a burden on interstate commerce. Not sure about this...but it definitely looks suspect.
You'd be hard pressed to find a court that would agree with you. First, an individual seeking a job is not an "enterprise" or a "business entity." Even if an individual holding a degree were considered a business entity, states give preference in awarding state contracts to in-state businesses all the time, a practice which has never been considered a substantial burden on interstate commerce. Second, college degrees have never been adjudged a commodity that falls under Congress's regulatory authority over interstate commerce. Even if they were, a tax credit like this wouldn't be a substantial burden. You'd be better off attacking this law under some sort of anti-discrimination reasoning. You can never go wrong with the 5th and 14th amendments. They've got something for everyone. Maybe this would produce a discriminatory effect against a class of persons based on national origin, or would have substantially prejudicial effects against certain minorities?
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Maybe uva will see the light and stop their "new york only" hiring trend!
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Dec 12, 2012
 
So many of the virginia college and university graduates are unemployed that the GA assembly feels like they have to make some sort of effort to get at least some of them hired....If colleges and universities would stop turning out so many graduates with worthless degrees this type of GA action would never need to happen....
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