Our view: Congrats to businesses committed to Erie

Sep 23, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Erie Times News

A new narrative has taken shape portraying positive hopes for Erie's economic future.

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Comparing U.S. State Corporate Taxes to the OECD
(2011

OECD stands for the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development; includes about 25 industrialized democracies.

OECD Overall Rank

Corp.Tax Rate ---------State----Com Fed State Rate

Pennsylvania ...35 .....9.99 .........41.5

Minnesota 35 ..........9.8 ..........41.4

Massachusetts 35 ........9.5 ..........41.2

Alaska 35 ..........9.4 ..........41.1

New Jersey 35 ..........9.36 ..........41.1

Rhode Island 35........ 9 ..........40.9

Maine 35 ..........8.93 ..........40.8

California 35 ..........8.84 ..........40.7

West Virginia 35 .........8.75 ..........40.7

Delaware 35 ..........8.7 ..........40.7

Indiana 35 ..........8.5..........40.5

New Hampshire 35 ........8.5 ..........40.5

Vermont 35 ..........8.5 ..........40.5

Maryland 35 ..........8.25 ..........40.4

**********ETC.*********

Oregon 35 7.9 40.1
Wisconsin 35 7.9 40.1
Nebraska 35 7.81 40.1
Idaho 35 7.6 39.9
New Mexico 35 7.6 39.9
Connecticut 35 7.5 39.9
Illinois 35 7.3 39.7
New York 35 7.1 39.6
Kansas 35 7.05 39.6

1 Japan ..........30 ........11.56 .......39.54

Arizona 35 6.968 39.5
North Carolina 35 6.9 39.5
Montana 35 6.75 39.4
Alabama 35 6.5 39.2
Arkansas 35 6.5 39.2
North Dakota 35 6.5 39.2
Tennessee 35 6.5 39.2
*Washington 35 6.4 39.2
Hawaii 35 6.4 39.2

2 United States .......35 ........6.3 .......39.1
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Congrats to businesses committed to Erie

"I think there's a lot to be said for growing our own."

If we act on those ideas, Erie will have a steady stream of risk-takers and innovators committed to Erie's future.

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Erie 10 years after Bosworth Report:

How much progress has been made?

PUBLISHED: APRIL 18, 2011 1:30 AM EST
UPDATED: APRIL 18, 2011 7:10 AM EST

The 80-page report, delivered to Erie-area officials a decade ago, was titled

"Toward an Economic Development Strategy for Erie."

It was a sobering regional reality check and bold action strategy regarding local economic development.

The Economic Development Corp. of Erie County had hired consultant Brian Bosworth to gather information and assess the Erie region's economic prospects.

Unveiled in September 2001, what has since become known locally as the Bosworth report pulled no punches.

The study was the result of more than a year of interviews, public forums and surveys of community leaders and residents.

It pointed to years of sluggish population and income growth, and the loss of high-paying local jobs, particularly in the manufacturing sector.

Bosworth's research for the company he founded, Seattle-based FutureWorks, also cited years of poor civic and government management, specifically the lack of a unified game plan, as a catalyst for the region's economic decline.

"Over the next 10 years, the region is headed for serious economic problems," Bosworth said of Erie at the time.

"Unless the leaders and residents of Erie take dramatic steps to counter current trends, we believe the regional economy will continue to shrink relative to the rest of the nation; income and opportunity will erode and people, especially young adults, will leave the region at an accelerating pace."

Following the report's release, change and turnaround were promised.

But many local officials admit today that though some improvements have materialized,

Erie has yet to embrace the kind of broad transformation Bosworth's report pushed for.

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"There was some progress made,... but it just might not have been exactly what (Bosworth) was looking for, or went as far as a lot of people envisioned," Rouch said.

But other recommendations failed to materialize, such as creation of a community college;

sustaining a high-level civic coordinating committee to set economic development goals and assign responsibilities;

more consolidation of government activities;

and creating new manufacturing jobs via building a base of new medical product companies.

"I don't think our report card, if Bosworth came back to look at us, would be very good,"

Erie County Executive Barry Grossman said
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"FORWARD"

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Democrats have been running our inner-cities for the past 30 to 40 years, and blacks are still complaining about the same problems.

More than $7 trillion dollars have been spent on poverty programs since Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty with little, if any, impact on poverty.

Diabolically, every election cycle, Democrats blame Republicans for the deplorable conditions in the inner-cities, then incite blacks to cast a protest vote against Republicans.

In order to break the Democrats’ stranglehold on the black vote and free black Americans from the Democrat Party’s economic plantation, we must shed the light of truth on the Democrats.

We must demonstrate that the Democrat Party policies of socialism and dependency on government handouts offer the pathway to poverty, while Republican Party principles of hard work, personal responsibility, getting a good education and ownership of homes and small businesses offer the pathway to prosperity.

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"War on Poverty" and healthcare reform

In 1964, upon Johnson's request, Congress passed the Revenue Act of 1964 and the Economic Opportunity Act, which was in association with the war on poverty.

Johnson set in motion bills and acts,[64]

creating programs such as

Head Start,

food stamps,

Work Study,

Medicare

and Medicaid, which still exist today.

“I’ll have those n**-gers voting Democratic for the next 200 years.”

- Lyndon B. Johnson

“These Negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness.

Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference.”

—Lyndon B. Johnson

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