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forsession, hardworking New Yorkers This let’s make NY work makingnywork.org for hardworking New Yorkers This session, let’s make NY work for New Yorkers This year,hardworking the start of the legislative session brings with it a clear choice By Mario Cilento, New York State AFL-CIO President

– continue trying to cut our way to prosperity, or change course and By Mario Cilento, New York State AFL-CIO President begin to invest in the hardworking New Yorkers that make our state great. This year, the start of the legislative session brings with it a clear choice

– continue to cut our way to prosperity, change and You see, overtrying the last several years, as a state, or we’ve cut,course cut and cut begin to invest in the hardworking New Yorkers that make our state some more, but New Yorkers are no better off. Poverty, unemployment, great. underemployment and income inequality are hurting communities You see, across the over state.the last several years, as a state, we’ve cut, cut and cut some more, but New Yorkers are no better off. Poverty, unemployment, If we’re going to turn our state around, then we need to do things underemployment and income inequality are hurting communities differently. The only path to a sustainable recovery, in which all of us across the state. share in the prosperity, is to start investing in New Yorkers and the If we’rethey going to on, turnnot ourcutting state around, we need to create do things services rely themthen further, and to good, differently. The only path to a sustainable recovery, in which all of us career oriented jobs. share in the prosperity, is to start investing in New Yorkers and the

New York must finally services are angood, asset to services they rely on, recognize not cuttingthat thempublic further, and to create businesses and economic development. A quality education system career oriented jobs. produces a skilled workforce. A highly maintained transportation New York must finally recognize that public services are an asset to infrastructure allows workers, customers, and goods and services businesses and economic development. A quality education systemto flow. In addition, employees at businesses we hope to attract produces a skilled workforce. A highly maintained transportationwill want infrastructure allows workers, customers, goods and services to fire a strong public health care system. And, and we all want strong police, flow. In addition, employees at businesses we hope to attract will want and sanitation services. a strong public health care system. And, we all want strong police, fire

Contrary to what we’ve all been led to believe, investing in these and sanitation services. services and the workers that provide them helps grow our economy. Contrary to what we’ve all been led to believe, investing in these

Weservices also must a look at theprovide $7 billion corporate taxeconomy. breaks that andtake the workers that theminhelps grow our the state and local governments give out each year. In 2011, 46% of We also must take a look at the $7 billion in corporate tax breaks that projects receiving from IDAs, for each example, local tax the state and localsupport governments give out year. which In 2011,grant 46% of breaks to businesses, lost jobs, jobs, or never projects receiving support fromfailed IDAs, to forcreate example, which grant promised local tax anybreaks jobs. to businesses, lost jobs, failed to create jobs, or never promised jobs. Weany can’t afford to subsidize businesses that fail to create – or even We can’t businesses that to up create – or even promise toafford createto–subsidize jobs. If businesses don’tfaillive to their end of the promise to create – jobs. If businesses up toWe their end of the bargain, then we need a way to recoupdon’t our live money. also need to bargain, weisneed a way recoup ourgenerational money. We also need tomeet ensure thatthen there a focus ontolong-term, jobs that ensure that there is a focus on long-term, generationalpoverty jobs thatjobs. meet basic standards to ensure that we’re not subsidizing basic standards to ensure that we’re not subsidizing poverty jobs.

Ultimately, we must remember that tax cuts alone are not economic Ultimately, we must remember that tax cuts alone are not economic development policy. Without investment in the people that call our development policy. Without investment in the people that call our state home, they are destined to fail. state home, they are destined to fail.

TheThe focus onontaxes, development programs, focus taxes,jobs, jobs,and and economic economic development programs, andand all all public policy debates for that matter, should begin and end with public policy debates for that matter, should begin and end with making New York work for hardworking New Yorkers. That’s how making New York work for hardworking New Yorkers. That’s how wewe succeed succeedtogether. together.

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