In an op-ed published yesterday in Forbes Magazine, contributor Carl Schramm outlines seven steps New York can take to grow its economy. The piece, prepared for the Empire Center in conjunction with its conference, “Saving Jobs in Upstate New York,” says that although everyone wants an economically strong state, more needs to be done to achieve that goal.
Schramm provides an in-depth historical review of how New York got to where it is today and outlines various scenarios. He provides an ambitious plan that includes: eliminating estate taxes; reducing state spending; improving universities to produce cutting-edge research; providing incentives for scholars to come back to, or remain, affiliated with universities in the state; attracting highly educated immigrants with specialized training; providing students with the skills they need to compete in the global marketplace; and creating a sense of pride in being a “New Yorker.”
The Glens Falls Post Star says U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, will visit Finch Paper today to join them in their fight against legislation that would switch information packets for pharmaceutical drugs from printed paper to an electronic format. This legislation would hurt businesses that produce paper. Finch Paper employs 650 people in Glens Falls area.
Ken Pokalsky, vice president of government affairs at The Business Council, is featured in today’s Business Review article on how the repeal of the annual pay notification requirement, part of the Wage Theft Prevention Act, was blocked at the end of this year’s legislative session. The measure had been moving forward, passing the Senate with bipartisan support in late June and with an Assembly companion bill introduced with a bipartisan mix of 62 cosponsors.
Read the full article on the Business Review website.
From The New York Times to the Times Union, many details are emerging in the corruption case against State Senator John Sampson. From Times reporter Mosi Secret: “…When [Sampson] became concerned that his actions were under scrutiny by federal prosecutors, he allegedly took a step that stands out even in the growing annals of wrongdoing by New York lawmakers.”
A 73-day recount prevented Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk from taking office in timely fashion, and forced her to miss a week of voting. She plans to ensure that never happens again. The senator is proposing changes to election law that would prevent challenges to affidavit and special ballots, writes Jimmy Vielkind of the Times Union.
Ken Pokalsky, vice president of government affairs at The Business Council, will be appearing alongside Brian Sampson, executive director of Unshackle Upstate, and Mike Durant, the New York State Director for NFIB, on WMHT’s news program New York Nowat 7:30 p.m. tonight and at 11:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. Sunday. The three will be appearing with program host Casey Seiler of the Times Union. Their roundtable discussion will focus on their reactions to the state budget and their hopes for the remainder of the legislative session.
“They pat each other down. They crack wise about ‘CSI: Albany.’ They vent, in bars and back rooms and on basketball courts.” That’s the start of New York Time’s reporter Jesse McKinley’s story on the return of state lawmakers to work in Albany. He also described the reception Senator Malcolm Smith received from his colleagues.
Governor Cuomo gave some hints about an ethics package he’s putting together during an interview with Susan Arbetter on her WCNY program, “The Capitol Pressroom” Monday. He also addressed the recent Fred Dicker New York Post column which said the governor was attempting to push Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver out. “Never waste a crisis,” said Cuomo to Arbetter.