THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
INTRODUCED BY HUGHES, TARTAGLIONE, COSTA, STACK, FONTANA, MUSTO, O'PAKE, WILLIAMS, WASHINGTON, FARNESE, KITCHEN, LOGAN, MELLOW AND ERICKSON, APRIL 20, 2010
REFERRED TO LABOR AND INDUSTRY, APRIL 20, 2010
Establishing the Youth Job Creation Program and continuing
federally funded subsidized adult employment programs.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Short title.
This act shall be known and may be cited as the Youth Job
Creation Program Act.
Section 2. Definitions.
The following words and phrases when used in this act shall
have the meanings given to them in this section unless the
context clearly indicates otherwise:
"Community-based agency." A private, nonprofit organization
that is representative of a community or a significant segment
of a community that is engaged in meeting human, educational or
environmental community needs. The term shall include community
development corporations, neighborhood groups and organizations,
union-related organizations, employer-related nonprofit
organizations, organizations operating career intern or literacy
programs, educational or religious institutions and other
"Department." The Department of Labor and Industry of the
"Program." The Youth Job Creation Program established under
"Qualified youth." An individual between 16 and 21 years of
"TANF." The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program
under the Social Security Act (49 Stat. 620, 42 U.S.C. § 301 et
Section 3. Youth Job Creation Program.
(a) Establishment.--The Youth Job Creation Program is
established within the department to provide grants to
community-based agencies to provide funding to hire qualified
youth for subsidized employment.
(b) Benefits.--The following shall apply:
(1) Qualified youth may be employed for no more than six
weeks at an hourly rate of $9 per hour, unless limited by
(2) The maximum number of hours for each individual
employed under the program shall be 25 hours per week for no
more than six weeks.
(c) Eligibility.--A qualified youth shall be eligible if the
youth is unemployed. The receipt of TANF benefits by the
qualified youth's parents or legal guardians shall not preclude
Section 4. Powers and duties of the department.
The department shall have the following powers and duties:
(1) To establish procedures for community-based agencies
to apply for the funds available under this act.
(2) To provide notice to community-based agencies,
including Workforce Investment Boards of necessary procedures
and requirements to apply for the program. The notice may be
posted on the department's Internet website.
(3) To provide a report within six months from the
effective date of this section to the chairman and minority
chairman of the Labor and Industry Committee of the Senate
and the chairman and minority chairman of the Labor Relations
Committee of the House of Representatives, which shall
provide an update on the increase in jobs with the
implementation of this act. The report shall be made
available for public inspection and posted on the
department's publicly accessible Internet website.
(4) To audit grants or funds awarded under this act to
ensure that funds have been used in accordance with this act
and the terms and standards adopted by the department.
Section 5. Funding.
No more than 17% of the funds in the Tobacco Product Tax
Account shall be used to fund the program.
Section 20. Effective date.
This act shall take effect immediately.