- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah lawmakers have advanced a bill creating tax credits for employers hiring homeless people.

The House Monday narrowly passed the bill 38-36.

Salt Lake City Democrat Rep. Brian King brings the proposal for such tax credits of up to $2,000 each.

Workers trying to gain a foothold out of homelessness would need to be employed for at least nine months in a row for their employers to qualify. The workers would also need to have earned at least $4,000.

But there’s a limited budget for the credits, at about $100,000.

The Deseret News reports (http://bit.ly/1lrt2lD) King has brought the bill for the past three years. But it has a lower price tag this time.

The bill is modeled on a similar program in Florida.

It now advances to the Senate.

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Information from: Deseret News, http://www.deseretnews.com

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