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'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Monday, December 19, 2011 - 10:25 AM

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

The North Country was a big winner in the economic development grant competition. While the 16 projects that won the $103.2 million dollars are posted on-line, we wanted to know how these projects will leverage growth throughout the region, and help to create the 1000 promised new jobs? Where will be they?

Susan speaks with two long-time proponents of development in the North Country to hear what they are hoping for: Bill Farber, Chairman of the Board of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors as well as the county Republican Chairman and the Supervisor of the Town of Morehouse; as well as Jim McKenna of the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism.

Unemployment among war veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan is higher than for other vets, as well as higher than for their peers without college degrees. Over the next five, years with overseas conflicts coming to an end, an estimated one million more veterans will be entering the job market -- a concern in upstate New York considering the lackluster economy and the numbers of veterans upstate counties have sent to fight overseas.

Is there help? We speak with Sgt. Maj. John Willsey of the 42nd Special Troops Battalion who has suggestions for returning veterans looking for work, as well as advice to prospective employers hesitant to hire veterans with any history of PTSD.

The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy and Citizens for Tax Justice have partnered on a newly released report on corporate tax dodgers. Co-author and ITEP Executive Director Matthew Gardner will share details.

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