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Lehigh Office 
Lower Macungie Township Administration Building
3402 Brookside Road
Macungie, PA 18062
Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone: (610) 965-9933
Fax: (610) 965-9174

Berks Satellite Office 
Topton Borough Hall
205 S Callowhill St.
Topton, PA 19562
Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. to noon
*Walk-ins only. No mail, please.

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160A East Wing
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2134
Phone: (717) 787-1000
Fax: (717) 782-2893
Ryan’s Wrap-Up
After honorably serving our country, many veterans have had difficulty finding private sector employment. During the height of the Great Recession, the unemployment rate among veterans was nearly 25 percent higher than the general population.

That gap has narrowed significantly, largely thanks to programs encouraging employers to hire former service members. Still, employment for one group of veterans continues to lag: those who enlisted after 9/11. These post-9/11 veterans generally have less job experience than older veterans, making it more difficult to compete in the employment marketplace.

To address this shortfall and encourage job creation, I introduced legislation to create a program called “Startups for Soldiers.” This program would waive state business startup fees for individuals transitioning to the civilian workforce from the United States Armed Forces, including reserve units and the National Guard. It’s based on a similar program that’s been successful in Missouri.

Promoting entrepreneurship among veterans benefits everyone. Removing barriers to business startups would empower veterans to become their own bosses while creating good-paying, family-sustaining jobs for their fellow Pennsylvanians. It would also foster innovation, allowing them to apply the extensive leadership and organizational skills learned in the military.

Startups for Soldiers (House Bill 1600) came before the full House and passed unanimously on April 13. It now moves to the Senate for further consideration.

By State Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Berks/Lehigh)

Representative Ryan Mackenzie
134th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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