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P&G wants representation

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December 3, 2007

Albany - Albany's largest industry wants representation on the hospital authority board. Procter and Gamble Plant Manager Trey Bloodworth told county commissioners Monday that industries suffer because of high health care costs. He says the Albany plant has the highest health care costs behind any city where a P&G plant is located other than New Orleans, and that's only as a result of Hurricane Katrina.

Now, P&G wants the Dougherty County Commission to get health care costs to a competitive level and appoint a representative from the company to the hospital authority. "We haven't had any movement," said Trey Bloodworth.  "The problem has gotten worse instead of better. So, although we've had an enormous number of discussions about it, the problem continues to get worse. So that's why I'm here today to talk about it and make sure folks understand the severity of this and how important it is for us as a community to fix."

There is at least one opening on the Hospital Authority, so the commission does have the power to appoint someone from P&G. The company would also like to see the repeal of sales tax used on energy in manufacturing in Georgia. That's a cause they are taking to state lawmakers.

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