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For Release — Tuesday, May 23, 2006

CITING NEW YORK'S LOSSES OF JOBS AND PEOPLE, THE COUNCIL AND 61 OTHER
BUSINESS GROUPS URGE LEGISLATURE TO ADDRESS 'ACTION FOR JOBS '06' AGENDA
ALBANY

ALBANY—Noting that New York State is losing jobs and people to other states at alarming rates, some five dozen business groups from around the state have written to state legislators pleading for post-budget action on an "Action for Jobs '06" policy agenda that addresses key issues in health insurance, workplace safety, and fiscal refoyrm.

"The New York State economy needs your help," the 62 business groups said in a letter that was sent today to all state legislators on "Action for Jobs '06" letterhead. "We haven't made up the jobs lost in the last recession - while the nation is some 2 million jobs ahead. We lose an average of 200,000 New Yorkers every year, in net out-migration to other states."

The group is the largest coalition of New York business organizations ever to coalesce around an agenda to make the state's economy more competitive and to bring jobs and people back to New York. Specifically, the letter asked state lawmakers to:

The 62 organizations that signed the letter represent more than 104,000 employers who provide over 3.2 million jobs. They are: