Small businesses are the “places where most new jobs begin,” President Obama said in his weekly radio address Saturday, a day after announcing new measures to create jobs.
Obama has proposed tax incentives and credits, expanded government loan programs and aid to community banks that he said will help small businesses hire new employees,reported Bloomberg News.
The president’s plan would eliminate capital gains taxes on small businesses in 2010 and give small businesses a $5,000 tax credit for every new job created. In addition, $30 billion from repaid bank bailout money would be distributed to community banks to spur small business lending, said the Associated Press.
The plan would also temporarily increase the cap on Small Business Administration loans from $350,000 to $1 million and expand the SBA program to help refinance commercial real-estate loans, said the AP. All of the proposals would need to be approved by Congress.
The unemployment rate has finally dipped just below 10 percent, but with the public deeply frustrated by sluggish job growth, the administration is refocusing its efforts on job creation.
“Government can’t create these businesses, but it can give entrepreneurs the support they need to open their doors, expand, or hire more workers,” Obama said in the radio address.
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