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Commissioners agree to double funding for county's Youth Wage Grant Program


April 28, 2021

Linn County Commissioners Roger Nyquist, Sherrie Spenger and Will Tucker agreed Tuesday morning, April 20, that helping young people find jobs this summer is more important than ever and doubled the amount of money area employers can be reimbursed for hiring first-time employees.

The Youth Wage Grant Program started almost 20 years ago and provides area employers a $2 per hour stipend for each young person they employ. 

This summer, those employers can qualify for $4 per hour.

The program was on hold in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, commissioners noted.

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