Chained at the ankle
New York's announcement that it would close four more prisons across the state, including Chateauguay in Franklin County, should remind the north country of the precarious nature of one of our largest sources of employment.
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#1 Aug 2, 2013
The North Country is not chained at the ankle, it is handcuffed at the wrist with our hands behind our backs by state regulations and taxes. Commentators shout, "We need to band together to invest in leadership that will focus attention on encouraging private sector investment." And in WHAT should that private sector invest? New York offers all sorts of incentives for new companies to locate here. What about the companies that have been here for years? And what happens after the incentives expire? Politicians love to brag about statistics regarding the creation of business. But they fail to mention the numbers of businesses bailing out of New York.
#2 Aug 2, 2013
How about a bit less of the Drama Queen routine.
Businesses don't leave because of taxes and regulations. They leave for cheaper labor. And they often leave after incentives expire, so fewer give-aways would be positive.
But NYS invested huge amounts in prisons in the North Country. We got addicted to them and now they are fading away. Remember, we begged for them. Sucks being an addict!
#3 Aug 2, 2013
Drama Queen??? What is so overly dramatic about the statements I made? I made no argument for or against prisons. I get tired of all the political braggarts pumping up this state. And, yes, businesses do leave for lower taxes and fewer regulations. If cheap labor was the only factor, everything would be sent off-shore. NY businesses are headed out-of-state, not overseas. New York is ranked 49th on the best/worst states for business.
To quote a CEO from that article:
"New Yorks taxes on the job creators is broken and taxing authorities are too bureaucratic, a glimpse of everything bad in the federal government; California is perpetually bankrupt and relies on market rallies to fix their budget. Their best and brightest are moving to the sunbelt with low tax burdens and pro-business governments. Only thing these states have going for them is the immigrant influx and the established industries already there. See more at: http://chiefexecutive.net/10-worst-states-for...
You don't sound like much of a businessman. And, yes, I do own a business in New York.
Shackled here by a state license. Can't wait to retire.
#4 Aug 2, 2013
The incentives are mostly tax breaks, so if they leave when the incentives expire, it's because they don't want to pay the high taxes. And, they probably wouldn't set up shop except for the incentives-that give them tax breaks.
#5 Aug 2, 2013
Businesses don't locate fifty miles from nowhere.
If we build it, they will come.
#6 Aug 4, 2013
I thought this thread was talking about marriage
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