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Editor's Note
We're seeing some state-level interest in offering incentives to hire people off the lists of the unemployed. Let's hope these tax credit plans, if activated, don't pay out until the person has actually kept the job long enough so that the credit exceeds what the state would have paid in unemployment compensation. However, with that kind of requirement in place, it seems to make more sense to hire those who have been unemployed for the shortest period of time. That leaves the truly hungry would-be workers out there, still unemployed, getting hungrier. I'm not sure that's the best policy.

Let's all try to make 2010 a year of hiring, finding new ways to grow and improve our businesses by bringing in some of the many would-be hard working people who are looking for a job. Remember, it's a win-win situation.

Best wishes,
Gail Perry, CPA
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