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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Local Hire Act

November 25, 2013

The Problem

Currently, federal regulations have barred transit agencies that receive any federal assistance from implementing local hire policies for construction and operations projects. As the economy continues on its recovery, transit agencies have the potential to spur job creation in their local communities.

Limiting these transit agencies from being able to adopt local hiring policies when making hiring decisions hinders their ability bring jobs to their local communities, which is detrimental to local economies across the United States.

The Solution

Across the United States, local hiring has been an important tool to provide quality job opportunities to residents in communities hardest hit by the economic downturn.

In parts of the country where the local unemployment rates are higher than the national rate, transportation jobs can serve as a crucial tool to attracting well-paying jobs.

The Local Hire Act is designed to spur local job-creation through federally funded transit projects across the country.

Summary of the Local Hire Act

The Local Hire Act would give local transportaion agencies the necessary flexibility to apply geographically targeted preferences when making hiring decisions for federally funded transit and highway projects.

Specifically, the Local Hire Act will:

  • Allow state and local agencies to more easily generate employment and economic development in their own states and counties;
  • Limit the regulations and burdens placed on local governmental agencies; and
  • Preserve the competition and cost-effectiveness mandates in our current rules that govern federal transit grants.

The bill will also help to ensure that construction and operations jobs contribute to local economies where the transportation projects exist, instead of outsourcing these new jobs to residents other states or countries.

The Local Hire Act does not require transportation agencies to implement local hiring policies. Instead, it simply gives local leaders the opportunity to do so if they determine it is in the best interest of their community. 


Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles City Council

Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti

Los Angeles Area Chamber of Congress

Los Angeles County Metro Board

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