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Senate Passes Bill to Boost Jobs for Veterans

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OLYMPIA, WA - The Senate has passed a bill that would give Washington state business owners a tax break for hiring unemployed military veterans.  Senate Bill 6049 passed unanimously Tuesday.

Under the measure, business and occupation tax credits would be provided to businesses that provide full-time jobs to qualified military veterans who have been unemployed for at least 30 days.

The tax credit would be equal to 20% of the wages and benefits paid up to $1,500, according to the bill.

The measure would go into effect on Oct. 1, 2016.

Sen. Steve O'Ban, D-Tacoma, said the bill is needed because there's a higher unemployment rate for veterans than for the general population.

The bill will head next to the House for consideration.