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January 26, 2009

Job readiness training has been one of ASC's most critical services for nearly a decade; training leads to skills and self-confidence, which leads to financial stability.

We are deeply disappointed to learn that Governor David Paterson now plans to eliminate funding for this program.

All of us recognize that dramatic cuts to the New York State budget are inevitable. But the decision to cut funding for programs that help disadvantaged people find jobs is counterproductive -- and could prove disastrous for people living with HIV/AIDS.

In 2008, State funds let us expand classes aimed at offering a way out of poverty and despair—computer literacy, job-seeking skills, financial literacy. You can understand how important these programs are, and we're asking for your help in speaking out in support of these services.

Tell Governor Paterson that people living with HIV/AIDS need more opportunities for employment, not fewer—especially in tough times like these. Send a message to Governor Paterson. Urge him to fully restore the HIV Welfare-to-Work Program in the Executive Budget so that organizations like ASC can provide job training and workplace readiness services to people living with HIV/AIDS and other vulnerable populations.

The Obama presidency is bringing a renewed sense of hope nationwide. The President's economic stimulus proposals highlight the vital importance of job training and workforce development programs to get more people back on the road to self-sufficiency.

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