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Ab Basu, Executive Director


Active or Recently Enacted Rural Jobs Legislation

US Congress Tax Reform

The New Markets Tax Credit drives private investment to under-served areas of the country, including rural and agriculture Congress authorized 5 additional years of the NMTC in the PATH Act passed in 2015.

While we at the Rural Jobs Coalition have supported helpful rural jobs policy in specific states, we also are concerned about the preservation of the New Market Tax Credit in tax reform as the US House Ways and Means Committee bill terminates the PATH Act.

The Chairman’s mark of the US Senate Tax Reform bill preserves the PATH Act, and the Rural Jobs Coalition is seeking support from our rural and agricultural policy leaders. Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain of Louisiana recently sent a letter to Senators Kennedy and Cassidy urging protection of the NMTC as tax reform works its way through the Senate. South Carolina Commissioner Hugh Weathers also sent similar concern letters to their delegation including Senators Lynsey Graham and Tim Scott.

The Rural Jobs Coalition is seeking additional support from other state Ag Commissioners for additional Senate outreach.

See sample letters courtesy of Louisiana and South Carolina Departments of Agriculture below:




Ad Astra Rural Jobs Act

The Ad Astra Rural Jobs Act (“AARJA”) is designed to incent the formation of private capital to be invested in rural small businesses in high growth sectors. The RJA provides flexible financing assistance through both venture investment and growth capital lending to accelerate the expansion of the existing and new rural small businesses.  


Utah Rural Jobs Act of 2017