Celebrating The American Workforce

When we think of Labor Day, we tend to associate it with the end of summer- a transitionary weekend to relax and enjoy the outdoors with family and friends before kids head back to school and life gets a little busier. We should also always reflect on the importance and achievements of the innovative American workforce, the best in the world. This year, that comes with some special considerations.

We owe all of our essential workers a debt of gratitude this year. For months, they were on the front lines of an unprecedented public health emergency. Our doctors and nurses, our police officers and firefighters, our first responders and direct care professionals, our transportation workers and grocery clerks and so many others took enormous risks, worked around the clock and make tremendous sacrifices for the good of their neighbors. That’s what American workers do.

Moving forward, it’s essential that we continue to get more and more families in our communities back to work. It’s not too late to pass the Small Business Emergency Recovery Act, legislation I sponsored that would distribute that state’s $890 million settlement reserve fund to small firms fighting to keep their workers on the payroll. Some of my top priority items, including workforce development investments, tax incentives for firms to retain employees and hire new ones and easing the tax and regulatory burden on the small businesses that employ over half of the state’s workforce are more important than ever.

This Labor Day, we’re grateful for all the folks who work hard on our behalf. We’re united in our message to the governor that we must accelerate our re-opening process and get more people back to work. And we extend a special appreciation to the moms and dads who wake up early, stay late, and work hard so they can provide for their loved ones.

Please enjoy a happy, safe and relaxing Labor Day weekend!

What do you think? I want to hear from you. Send me your feedback, suggestions and ideas regarding this or any other issue facing New York State. You can always contact my district office at (315) 781-2030, email me at kolbb@nyassembly.gov, or find me by searching for Assemblyman Brian Kolb on Facebook. 

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