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January 7, 2004

Governor urges key business tax change, and reforms in education, Medicaid, and workers' comp

Governor George Pataki said in his State of the State message Jan. 7 that New York can and should add a million new private-sector jobs by the end of the decade.

He also proposed a range of reforms that could put that goal within reach, including a new business-tax reform, education reforms to enhance accountability, immediate cuts to state and local Medicaid costs, energy initiatives, and workers' compensation reform.

"Every community in our state has great potential for economic growth," the Governor said in his January 7 address. "To meet that potential, let's build on what we know works."

Business Council President Daniel B. Walsh hailed the Governor's proposed job-creation goal. "Let's do it," he said.

In his message, the Governor advanced a number of policy ideas:

The Governor also repeated his agreement with earlier statements by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno that New York should not raise taxes this year. "Obviously, I agree," he said.

The text of the Governor's message is at www.state.ny.us/sos2004/sos2004.txt.