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For Release — Monday, February 3, 2003

COUNCIL LAUNCHES AD CAMPAIGN TO REMIND LAWMAKERS
THAT HIGHER TAX KILL JOBS, AND RESTRAINT IN SPENDING HELPS GROWTH

ALBANY—The Business Council has launched a statewide print advertising campaign this week to remind lawmakers that higher taxes kill job growth.

"More taxes or more jobs? That's the choice facing New York," the ad says.

"Some groups are already campaigning in Albany to raise your taxes," the ad says. "A decade ago, they succeeded. But job-killing taxes in the early 1990s cost us half a million jobs, and forced thousands of young people to move away to find work.

"Then New York cut taxes - and our economy began to grow."

The Business Council began a six-figure buy that placed advertisements in newspapers around the state in the following cities: Albany; Batavia; Binghamton; Buffalo; Corning; Elmira; Glens Falls; Jamestown; Middletown; New York City; Olean; Oneonta; Plattsburgh; Poughkeepsie; Schenectady; Staten Island; Syracuse Troy Utica; Watertown; and Westchester County.

How long the campaign will last has not been determined. The campaign is being handled for The Council by Eric Mower & Associates.

"These ads repeat the same message that The Business Council has been emphasizing for more than two decades: Higher taxes don't work," said Daniel B. Walsh, president/CEO of The Business Council. "We learned that in the early 1990s, when we raised taxes. And we confirmed that in the mid-1990s, when lower taxes helped reverse much of the damage."

The advertisements are aimed at lawmakers, business leaders, and taxpayers, Walsh said.

"Governor Pataki is right: More than anything, New York needs growth. And that means we must cut state spending. . . and reject job-killing taxes," the ad concludes.

Click here to see the ad.

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