Cicilline details bill to grow manufacturing jobs

U.S. Rep. David Cicilline has visited a shuttered greeting card manufacturer to promote legislation designed to jumpstart Rhode Island’s battered manufacturing economy.

Cicilline detailed the proposal Wednesday outside Pawtucket’s Paramount Cards, whose closure five years ago cost the state 250 jobs.

Cicilline is one of several sponsors of the “Make it In America Act,” which would award federal grants to small and medium-sized manufacturers for investments in job training and infrastructure. It’s one of the first bills he’s sponsored.

Nearly all of Rhode Island’s 1,800 manufacturing companies would be eligible for help through the legislation.

The freshman Democrat says bringing highly skilled manufacturing jobs back to the Ocean State is critical to Rhode Island’s economic recovery.

Rhode Island has lost nearly 12,000 manufacturing jobs since the economic downturn began. 

Article source: http://www2.turnto10.com/news/2011/may/18/2/cicilline-pushes-block-grant-program-ar-494507/

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