From the Assembly: Job creation key to economic turnaround

- Provide personal income tax exemption on the first $250,000 earned after graduation for college graduates with four-year degrees and on the first $150,000 for two-year graduates.

- For small businesses, we should establish a College to Work program to provide a tax credit for companies that pay college tuition for an employee; provide a small business energy tax reduction; establish business STAR Program to make property owned by a small business eligible for STAR benefits, reducing the property tax burden.

- Require that at least 15 percent of state contracts are with businesses employing 100 or fewer employees.

- Address growing health care costs for businesses through health savings accounts; authorize a tax credit for health insurance premiums paid by small businesses for employees; authorize a 100 percent deduction for medical and dental care.

- Establish high-tech training job program for community colleges to re-train displaced workers; create a partnership between community colleges and BOCES through a high-tech job training program.

These are only a few of the ways in which we can spur job creation. Putting people back to work creates more jobs for other industries as well, such as those in the tourism, restaurant and home builders industries, just to name a few. The good news is manufacturing jobs are up across the country in the latest jobs report published on Feb. 4. Our country added 49,000. Now that the State Senate passed a job creation bill last week which provides incentives to businesses, it's up to the Democratic-led Assembly to act in a way that's friendly to business so we can compete more effectively in a national as well as global marketplace.

Assemblyman Will Barclay (R,C,I--Pulaski) welcomes feedback form his constituents. His office can be reached by mail at 200 North Second Street, Fulton, New York 13069, by e-mail at barclaw@assembly.state.ny.us or by calling 598-5185.

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