Albany Times Union: Sen. Dems Push Jobs Programs
By Rick Karlin
June 02, 2011
Income tax revenues so far are running $214 million ahead of projections, Senate Democrats said, and they want to spend some of that money, about $100 million, on a series of initiatives designed to grow jobs across the state. Some of these bills have come up before, while some, such as a bill expanding electric power in Western New York, have the support of key Republicans. Mostly, the bills set up training tax credits, small business assistance and capital for new businesses.
Some of the ideas are novel — one would use some of the savings from prison downsizing to help business prospects in needy neighborhoods from where many prison inmates come while another would ban Help Wanted ads that require applicants to already be employed.