News from Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb
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For Release: IMMEDIATELY, September 2, 2011
Contact: Doug Finch (315) 781-2030
New York Being "Open For Business"
Means Working For More Jobs, Right Now!
Legislative column from Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,I,C-Canandaigua)

With the number of jobless citizens continuing to remain at, or near, record levels, much of the talk these days in our state (and nation's) capital is focused on creating more jobs and getting unemployed folks back to work. However well intentioned, talk alone will not get the job done when it comes to fixing our economy - what we need is less talk, more action, in the form of realistic public policies that address the underlying challenges faced by job creators here in New York State.

While it took far too long for many elected officials to recognize the severity of the current economic crisis, politicians in Albany and Washington, D.C. have finally woken up to what I have been saying since the summer of 2009: the Empire State needs more jobs, right now. With almost 800,000 New Yorkers on the unemployment line, we cannot afford to wait another day. I gladly welcome other elected officials to this fight!

ADVANCING A TRUE "JOBS AGENDA"

Regular readers of this weekly column are aware of my focus on fixing our economy and removing barriers - New York's job-killing excessive taxation, litigation, and regulation - so private sector job creators can hire more employees, expand their operations and have the confidence to invest in our future. My jobs agenda does not involve handing out, or redistributing, taxpayer dollars to certain companies. Policies where government uses public money to essentially pick "winners" and "losers" is a costly quick fix that fails to repair the structural imbalances present in our economy.

Instead, a true jobs agenda is based on fundamental fairness, lowering costs for all job creators, not just a favored few, and getting government bureaucracy out of the way. Here are some of the main points that are part of my plan for more jobs, right now:

SIMPLIFY & FLATTEN THE TAX CODE, ROLL BACK REGULATIONS, BUILD UPON NEW YORK'S REGIONAL ECONOMIC ASSETS

GIVING JOB CREATORS THE TOOLS THEY REALLY NEED

Having spent most of my adult life in the private sector, I know what so many Albany politicians fail to recognize: job creators are not looking for a government handout. What they want is for government to stop making it harder for them to run their business, turn a profit and grow jobs. Giving job creators a simpler, fairer, flatter tax code, rolling back regulations, and promoting our regional economic assets are the smart ways to create more jobs, right now.

As always, constituents wishing to discuss this topic or any other state-related matter should contact my district office at (315) 781-2030, or e-mail me at kolbb@assembly.state.ny.us.


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