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For Release — February 2, 2005

COUNCIL TELLS LEGISLATORS WHAT ISSUES WILL AFFECT THEIR 2005 GRADES
ON COUNCIL'S LEGISLATIVE REPORT CARD, THE 'VOTE FOR JOBS INDEX'

ALBANY—A responsible and timely state budget and cost-cutting reforms to Medicaid and workers' compensation will be among the key legislative priorities on which state lawmakers will be graded on The Business Council's 2005 legislative report card, the Council has told all state legislators.

In a letter send to all 212 state legislators last week, Business Council President Daniel B. Walsh informed legislators of the Council's plans to continue its legislative report card in 2005. That report card, known as the Vote for Jobs Index, is available at www.voteforjobsnewyork.com.

The index, launched in September of 2004, grades all legislators individually on their actions (or inactions) on issues important to businesses.

"Legislators must know that New York's businesses and taxpayers are watching them and evaluating their results," Walsh said. "New Yorkers will hold lawmakers accountable for their actions and inactions, good and bad, that impact the state's business climate. And we're looking for improved outcomes, not just changes in process."

Legislators will be given additional details on the legislative report cards as the session progresses, the letter said. “We welcome the opportunity to discuss these issues with you in detail, and look forward to working with you on this pro-jobs legislative agenda,” the letter said.

In 2005, the Council will grade legislators on a variety of priorities in six key categories, including:

On the 2004 report card, three of 210 state legislators received a grade of A on the index in recognition of their support of policies that would improve New York's business climate. Sixty-three legislators earned a B; 132 received a C; and 12 earned a D. No legislators received a grade of F.

The 2004 index, along with an explanation of the grades received by each legislator, is available at www.voteforjobsnewyork.com.

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