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STATE IS STARTING TO ATTRACT NEW BUSINESSES

We've all heard the old expression, "making a mountain out of a molehill." However, coverage of a recent job-creation announcement of epic proportions made me turn this old saying on its head, "making a molehill out of a mountain."

Only if readers dug through 29 pages of the Jan. 10 News would they have found a story on page three of section D that an e-commerce company, Skulogix, is opening its state-of-the-art corporate headquarters in the Walden Business Center in Lancaster.

Skulogix plans to immediately hire 150 workers and eventually expand its work force to 800. The company's new 122,000-square-foot building is scheduled to grow into a mammoth 800,000-square-foot facility in only a few years.

An official from the international company said Skulogix chose the Lancaster site because of New York State's "tax-friendly environment," "talented work force," and "helpful" and "welcoming" state government.

The main reason Skulogix is setting up shop here is very simple and clear. In 1997, a new state law was created that allows out-of-state suppliers to use New York companies, like Skulogix, to sell and warehouse products without being charged astronomical corporate franchise and sales taxes.

Sensible laws and $10.6 billion in tax reductions over the last five years is making New York State the obvious choice for a growing number of high-tech companies.

I'm excited about Skulogix becoming our newest economic neighbor and look forward to doing more to attract new businesses and jobs to Western New York.

SEN. DALE VOLKER

59th District
Depew

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