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Government Affairs Albany Update

March 24, 2000

E-Advocacy on GRT

The Business Council's months-long campaign for GRT repeal entered an intensive new phase with the announcement of an e-mail lobbying campaign supporters can use through the Internet.

Starting today, business leaders and other individuals can use The Council's website to send letters, personalized with their name and company, in support of GRT repeal to Governor Pataki and legislative leaders. The program also targets letters to local legislators, based on the user's address. If users choose, it generates letters that can be printed on the users' own letterhead. The process takes the individual user just a few minutes.

Last year, a similar e-advocacy effort by The Business Council produced nearly 50,000 letters of support to legislators on key tax reduction issues.

The Business Council also has sent a memo to all members of the Legislature pointing out that, while Governor Pataki and the Legislature have enacted some $12 billion in tax cuts in recent years, actual revenues to the state continue to increase. Estimated tax revenues for the current fiscal year are nearly 35 percent higher than those in 1993-94, the year before the state started reducing taxes, the memo shows.