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Guest Column: State Sen. Tom O'Mara
"New York economy a mixed bag "
ALBANY, June 4 -- How was this for a couple of days to bring
things into perspective for
Last Tuesday, we woke up to news stories on the latest data from the Tax Foundation -- which earlier this year highlighted New York’s business tax climate as the second worst in America – showing that “New York tops the nation in one key export: people fleeing high taxes.” That’s right, according to the latest figures, during the decade from 2000 to 2010 more than 3.4 million New Yorkers moved to other states, mostly Florida. High taxes were cited as a major reason why.
The following day, a report from the state comptroller reached this conclusion on the state of New York’s economy: “We’re not out of the woods yet.” This report, which you can find on www.osc.state.ny.us, showed that upstate New York, including the cities of Binghamton and Elmira, continues to struggle more than New York City and its suburbs to recover jobs and begin reversing stubbornly high unemployment rates.
The message was clear: New York still has work to do to keep people here, and to get more people working, especially upstate.
Given these two developments, it couldn’t have been timelier last
week for the State Senate to act on a new job creation plan, one that
I’m co-sponsoring and that we’re calling “New Jobs-NY.”
The Senate had pushed to include key portions of the New Jobs-NY plan
in this year’s state
So the Senate set the stage again with New Jobs-NY. We’ll keep pushing. It would cost $130 million this year and while the Senate approved the plan nearly unanimously, with strong bipartisan support, some detractors still question its affordability. But the message New Jobs-NY would send to small businesses and manufacturers -- and the potential it offers to encourage private-sector job growth – would ultimately, in our view, be worth much, much more. And it’s an investment that’s needed now.
Working together with Governor Andrew Cuomo, we’ve taken important steps over the past year to try to keep New York State moving toward a dramatic economic turnaround. But clearly we need to keep doing more to remove New York from the list of states with the worst business climates in America. Government can help lead that effort by cutting taxes and controlling state spending, which is the bedrock of the Senate plan.
I think it’s especially important that while the Senate plan stays
focused on small businesses, it also targets a manufacturing resurgence
as the foundation of future private-sector job growth and economic security
for upstate communities and workers. New Jobs-NY proposes to strengthen
Specific highlights include:
[Read more about New Jobs-NY on www.omara.nysenate.gov] It’s a plan supported by leading statewide business organizations including the Business Council of New York, Unshackle Upstate. the National Federation of Independent Businesses, and the Manufacturing Association of Central New York (MACNY).
In the words of MACNY President Randy Wolken, the Senate’s approval of New Jobs-NY was “a big day for manufacturers statewide.” Now we need to keep working for an even bigger day by convincing state Assembly leaders that the time is now to enact New Jobs-NY and give Governor Cuomo the chance to make it law.
Photo in text: State Senator Tom O'Mara
Schuyler County Officials
Top row (from left): Dennis Fagan, Thomas Gifford, Doris Karius, Glenn Larison
Bottom row: Michael A. Yuhasz, Barbara Halpin, Phil Barnes, Stewart Field
Dennis Fagan, Tyrone 607-292-3687
Michael A. Yuhasz, 535-4967
Doris L. Karius, 546-5544
Barbara Halpin, 594-3683
Glenn R. Larison, 594-3385
Thomas M. Gifford, 535-9517
Phil Barnes, Watkins Glen 481-0482
Stewart Field, Watkins Glen 535-2335
County Clerk: Linda Compton, 535-8133
Sheriff: William Yessman, 535-8222
Undersheriff: Breck Spaulding, 535-8222
County Treasurer: Margaret Starbuck, 535-8181
District Attorney: Joseph Fazzary, 535-8383
State, Federal Officials for Schuyler County
Sen. Charles E. Schumer
United States Senate
Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand
United States Senate
State Senator Tom O'Mara -- Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Yates, western Tompkins, Enfield, Ithaca (Town and City), Newfield, Ulysses(Trumansburg)
Room 812, Legislative Office Building
Assemblyman Christopher Friend --
Chemung, Schuyler, Tioga
P.O. Box 365
Odessa, New York 14869