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For Release — Wednesday, February 8, 2006

STATEMENT FROM DANIEL B. WALSH
President/CEO, The Business Council

ON THE SENATE MAJORITY'S SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE PACKAGE


We applaud Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno and the Senate Majority for assembling this proposal. This tax-relief plan is well-structured, well-targeted, badly needed, and much appreciated by the business community and New York's taxpayers.

New York suffers severe economic harm from the nation's heaviest tax burden, and from the nation's fourth-highest corporate taxes per capita. This plan to ease some of that fiscal strain would help grow jobs and businesses in New York State and, ultimately, help stem New York's population losses.

This proposal continues Senator Bruno's long tradition of support for reducing the burden of taxes on individuals and business in New York. All New Yorkers should be grateful for that.

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