Assemblymember Kevin A. Cahill Helps Pass Bill to Curb Job Outsourcing

June 29, 2004

Assemblymember Kevin A. Cahill (D-Ulster and Dutchess Counties), announced passage of legislation, which he authored legislation (A.201) that requires public utilities to provide certain call center service assistance from centers located within New York State and within the utilities’ service area. "Having employees working and residing in communities within the service area of a public utility will assure a greater level of responsiveness and sensitivity to local conditions not possible with remote centralization," Mr. Cahill said.

To further secure New York State jobs, Assemblymember Cahill supported the passage of another bill to discourage outsourcing jobs from New York State (A.11682). "It is outrageous that New York taxpayers are paying for companies to send jobs out-of-state or overseas," Mr. Cahill said. "It’s our responsibility to change this by ensuring that money the state allocates for New York economic development goes to companies investing and creating jobs in New York."

The bill, known as the State Financial Incentive Protection Act, prohibits companies from receiving financial incentives if they are sending jobs out of the state. It also requires that, if a company has received state economic development money and then outsourced jobs to another state, it must return any money it has received.

"We need to do everything we can to keep jobs in New York State," Mr. Cahill said. "And we need to ensure that tax dollars spent to attract jobs are invested effectively. This bill does both, and I urge my colleagues in the Senate and the Governor to pass it and help keep New Yorkers’ jobs in New York."

Assemblymember Cahill also supports legislation requiring companies to annually disclose any tax credits they have been allowed (A.11703) and holding them accountable for economic development incentives they’ve received (A.11681).

"Corporations that receive money from taxpayers to create jobs or otherwise improve performance in New York State ought to be able to demonstrate that the money has been spent responsibly and effectively," Assemblymember Cahill said. "In the past few years, the need for corporate disclosure and accountability has been well demonstrated. It’s a lesson the people of New York shouldn’t have to relearn firsthand."

Mr. Cahill pointed out that this legislation would strengthen Empire Zones, a mostly successful economic stimulation program in New York that has recently experienced allegations of abuses by some of its beneficiaries.

"Empire Zones have helped create thousands of jobs throughout the state, but without adequate disclosure and accountability on the part of participants, we can never be 100 percent sure employers are complying with program guidelines," Assemblymember Cahill said. "Passage of these bills would give us the certainty that everything possible is being done to create and retain jobs," he concluded.