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A Blueprint to Facilitate the Recovery of New York State’s Economy “JUMP-START NEW YORK” The COVID-19 pandemic has hit New York State harder than anywhere in the world. With more than 200,000 confirmed cases, the outbreak threatens human lives, causes widespread business closures and layoffs, and has sent our State economy into a downward spiral. We are in the fight of our lives. But it’s a fight we are determined to win. The Assembly Minority Conference recognizes that communities and small businesses need help now, and decisive steps must be taken to facilitate a robust, region-by-region recovery. To that end, we have put together a plan to assist New York’s working men & women, small businesses, and job creators. Our “Jump-Start New York” initiative provides a blueprint for economic relief in the short term and much-needed stability in the long term. New York is home to more than 600,000 small businesses, which employ approximately 4.2 million people. The economic health of New York State hinges on the success and prosperity of the small business community. There is no question that the scale and severity of our current fiscal condition is dire, and business owners are feeling tremendous pressure. According to