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Taking off the rose-colored glasses

March 26, 2013 - John D'Agostino
Not everyone is happy with the New York state budget.

Earlier this week, the business community — including our county Chamber of Commerce — was critical of the plan that is expected to be approved by the end of the week. In addition, a Wall Street Journal editorial last week called the budget "Cuomo's job-depletion plan." The opinion takes issue with higher taxes, a higher minimum wage and no natural gas fracking.

"The Tax Foundation says New York has the highest business climate in the country," states the Journal editorial of March 21. "Which helps explain why 1.6 million New Yorkers have decamped for other states in the last decade, according to the Empire Center for New York State Policy."

And the large majority of those voting with their feet come from upstate and Western New York. Ouch.


Article Comments



Apr-05-13 10:39 AM

The good ones are voting with their feet - our educated talented children who can't experience the "American dream" here. They're being replaced by those seeking the "American dream" through government handouts that deprive them of the pride they'll never know that comes from earning a paycheck. Chuck, approximately 2% of the houses have entered into foreclosure in the last 2 years. The reason they're not vacant is because the banks don't push the people out because they know the houses won't sell. They'd rather have them occupied with no money coming in than empty and open for vandalism and destruction.

Apr-04-13 6:55 AM

This area is a magnet for people of inability who are in need of government support. They do not vote with their feet they vote for the Democrats that make their way of life possible. They are close to out numbering the shrinking tax base. Remember the old warning "be careful what you wish for, you may get it"? Well You got it and it's not sustainable.


Mar-28-13 4:44 PM

You'd think with a mass migration like this, one would see hundreds of vacant homes, yet we don't. People seem to move in. Most people that I know of that move away do so because they are retiring and want nicer weather. And some move to better paying jobs since this area only knows how to pay near minimum wage.


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