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For Release — December 23, 2009

A New Year's Resolution for Albany Lawmakers

ALBANY— Over 850,000 New Yorkers need jobs this holiday season. So when it comes to making New Year's resolutions, Albany lawmakers should agree to put job creation on the top of their list.

They must resolve to make it easier for employers to create jobs for tens of thousands of unemployed and under-employed New Yorkers in 2010 by judging every legislative proposal that comes across their desks -- especially next year's state budget – with one question: will it lead to private sector job growth?

In recent weeks, the State Legislature fought to maintain increases in state funding for education and health care programs, arguing that Governor David Paterson's plan to cut the deficit went too far. The trouble is the money they want for those programs just isn't there. State tax revenues have fallen off a cliff.

Lost in the arguments about maintaining state school aid and Medicaid during a historic economic downtown, legislators seemed to forget that what we really need in New York right now is economic growth and private-sector jobs.

It's time to ask Albany to turn to a proactive job creation agenda for 2010 based on advancing policies to spark private sector job growth and economic recovery across our state.

Here are five rules to live by next year – New Year's resolutions for economic recovery in 2010:

It's been said that we should celebrate the New Year as “another chance for us to get it right.” Let's hope that “getting it right” in Albany in 2010 means spending within our means, reigning in taxes and generating economic growth and jobs all across New York State.