It's amazing how many candidates think that doing more of the same -- training, special programs, special tax breaks -- will produce a different result.
"Alternative and renewable energy has and will continue to be a critical component of our local economy as we work to create more green jobs . . . Our region is home to world-class colleges and universities. We must continue to expand internship opportunities with local businesses . . . We must continue to strengthen job training programs . . . working alongside Mohawk Valley EDGE to help create a shovel-ready site . . ." - Michael ArcuriOur world-class colleges, job training, renewable energy, EDGE, etc. have not prevented our population loss.
"Legislators should encourage young people to live and work in the Empire State after graduation by . . . defraying the high cost of college tuition through pro-growth incentives that increase the value of our workforce." - David Townsend.We have plenty of college students in the region without having to defray any costs, and the population continues to drop.
I propose that tax breaks be given to businesses who invest in our youth’s education and provide jobs for them right out of college - Daniel LeClairThe taxpayers already invest too heavily in our youth's education, but this guy wants businesses to do more . . . and then give them a tax break which means that the taxpayers wind up paying even more. How will this stem population loss?
"Three things retain young people – great jobs, great incentives such as student loan breaks or internships and great communities with exciting, active lifestyles. We must build up all three." - Joseph Griffo.How exciting - not. Just more of the same blather as above.
" . . . we must make certain our colleges and universities are working closely with regional industry and local governments. . . . we must work to revitalize our downtowns and urban centers . . ." - David ValeskyBlather . . .
"A new economic development plan just unveiled by the senate would provide tax credits tied to the creation of new jobs" - James SewardMore of the same . . .
We can build green technologies and produce new forms of energy. With universal high-speed Internet, we can expand markets for local producers. . . . New York state must provide publicly-funded, privately-delivered health insurance.- Don BarberMore "green" nonsense. . . . and publicly funded health insurance? We already have "Child health plus" and the population still drops. How can a dwindling population pay for it?
"I have provided grants over the past year to SUNYIT in Marcy and Utica College to help them build the facilities needed to improve their academic programs. I provided funding to help Mohawk Valley Community College and SUNYIT improve student life through better facilities for sports and extra-curricular activities . . ." - RoAnn DestitoAgain, we have plenty of student facilities -- and the students still leave after they graduate.
"I would introduce the YP-Star Program (YP is young professional) that would provide property tax reductions for qualifying young professionals every year until they turned thirty years old." - Kevin McDonaldThese kids have been indulged from the moment they were born, but this guy wants the taxpayers - many of whom are living off their savings - to give them more! Scary!
"We need to utilize our own natural resources in developing green, renewable energy" - Daniel CarterMore "green" garbage... but all the green hydropower we already have has not reduced utility rates.
If we keep doing the same stuff, we will get the same results. Only two people "got it right":
"If we are to build a better future than our past, then New York cannot continue to be the most taxed and regulated state in the country." - Richard Hanna (candidate for US Congress running against Mr. Arcuri).
"The Oneida Indian Nation has shown us a fine example of being enterprising when you are not taxed out of existence. The more money people keep for themselves, the better the economy, as more money will be put back into the economy, stimulating growth. . . . Returning money back to the people to spend as they see fit does more than any government-run program can." - Michael Boncella (candidate for State Senate running against Mr. Griffo).New York is looking like the old Soviet Union, with jobs increasingly with or dependent upon the government. If we want to grow private sector jobs, then government must take less.