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President Kent Testifies on Workforce Development

PEF President Susan M. Kent testified before a joint Assembly Ways and Means Committee and state Senate Finance Committee in Albany February 27. Kent told both committee chairs, Assembly member Herman Farrell Jr. and Sen. John DeFrancisco the governor’s budget continues to reward the rich and powerful with millions of dollars in corporate welfare while leaving the most vulnerable, the disabled and mentally ill, at the mercy of an underfunded and overwhelmed public.

Kent spoke about the state’s design-build program and explained in detail how it is not saving New York state any real money and the value in having more engineering work performed in-house. “Any legislation that increases the state’s reliance on costly consultants is misguided,” Kent said.

Kent also testified about the need for staffing in all agencies and said public interest is best served by state agencies that are fully staffed with public servants, and not those committed solely to private profit.

You can read President Kent’s full testimony HERE.