Reductions in state and local spending, state borrowing and debt, taxes and fees, and mandates are on the list of policy reforms for 2012 announced Friday by the Unshackle Upstate coalition of businesses.
“While progress has been made to strengthen our economy and communities, our leaders in Albany must do more to help New York regain its title as the Empire State,” said Brian Sampson, the coalition’s Rochester-based executive director, in a statement.
“In 2012, we will closely monitor the actions of every legislator on the key issues outlined in this agenda. Make no mistake, those who fail to support measures that will help businesses and families thrive will be held accountable. We will ensure that promises made are promises kept.”
The agenda also includes the implementation of realistic economic development efforts, including a second round of funding for the state’s regional economic development councils as proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his State of the State.
The state should pass tax increment financing, a more attractive option for economic development investors for significant redevelopment projects, the coalition said. It also supports hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.
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