Assemblyman Will Barclay (R,C,Iâ€”Pulaski) responded today to the announcement that the â€œPower for Jobsâ€ program will end after May 15 due to disagreement between the governor and legislative majorities over the 2010-2011 State Budget. Since 1997, the â€œPower for Jobsâ€ program has provided discounted electricity to qualifying businesses, manufacturers, and not-for-profits that were committed to creating and retaining jobs in New York.
â€œTodayâ€™s announcement that the â€˜Power for Jobsâ€™ program will come to an end this weekend is very disappointing and could have been prevented,â€ said Barclay. â€œMany of our local businesses rely heavily on the â€˜Power for Jobsâ€™ program, and without the energy savings it provides, many of them will not be able to maintain the jobs theyâ€™ve created over the last decade. With our stateâ€™s unemployment level still hovering around 10%, Albanyâ€™s decision to let this program fail because of ineffective leadership and political disagreement is unacceptable.â€
Employers that qualify for the â€œPower for Jobsâ€ program receive benefits either through a cash rebate from New York Power Authority (NYPA) to offset their electricity costs or through a discount on their electricity rates. Renewal of the program was set for May 15, but due to the late state budget, program participants will not be able to extend their contracts.
â€œItâ€™s been six weeks now and our state is still without the 2010-2011 State Budget. In that time weâ€™ve seen our schools, local governments, contractors, public employees, and now private businesses suffer unfairly. I would ask that the Democratic state leaders open up the budget process to the rank-and-file members of the legislature before their political disagreements make our stateâ€™s financial troubles worse,â€ Barclay concluded.