ANNAPOLIS – The Maryland Senate Thursday unanimously passed legislation introduced by the governor to give employers a tax credit for hiring individuals with disabilities.
The bill sets up a two-year program allowing for credits of up to $1,200 per employee per year. It also permits a $600 credit per employee for child care expenses during the first year and $500 in the second.
The measure was given a favorable report by the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, where 11 of 13 members were co- sponsors.
Ray Feldmann, a spokesman for Gov. Parris N. Glendening, said the governor is pleased with the Senate vote.
“The governor is very confident that the House will soon take similar action and that we will be able to do something very positive to reduce the unacceptable unemployment rate that currently exists among individuals with disabilities,” Feldmann said. The House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on the legislation Feb. 13, but has not yet voted. -30-