Investments downtown are a very positive sign for the heart of the city.
A key advantage
Rochester continues to possess competitive advantages in advanced industries.
The wrong remedy
Is a full-time state Legislature an idea whose time has come?
In the zone
Many economic development strategies rely on special funding and tax breaks; by contrast, the Rochester Downtown Innovation Zone is an idea and an attitude, which together could prove to be a powerful magnet.
Readers split on minimum wage hike
By 53 percent to 47 percent, respondents to this week’s RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll narrowly oppose an increase in the state’s minimum wage.
Plurality: No ban, tax on plastic bags
Nearly half of respondents support neither a ban nor a tax for single-use plastic bags, while 49 percent of respondents favor a local law banning foam food containers. See dozens of comments from readers.
Snap Poll: Majority favors part-time Legislature
Following the arrest of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, some Albany lawmakers and others have said it is time to switch to a full-time Legislature with higher base pay and a limit or ban on outside income. Nearly two-thirds of respondents to the RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll still favor a part-time Legislature.
Snap Poll: Most oppose free community college
Saying Americans need more knowledge and skills to meet the demands of a growing global economy without piling up decades of debt, President Barack Obama has proposed bringing the cost of two years of community college “down to zero.” A majority of respondents to this week’s RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll are not sold on the idea, though.
Three myths confuse conflict-of-interest rule
Sponsors have a meaningful stake in the game. They ignore it at their own peril.
Lack of education is root cause of poverty
Let's get out of the blame game in which good teachers stuck in a bad system feel vilified, politicians duck for cover and people argue about the wrong things.
Credit ratings are report cards on city
Rochester has followed conservative borrowing practices that are about as close to pay-as-you-go as possible.
When profits, financial aid mix in higher ed
It is very likely that students lose from large tuition premiums charged by for-profit institutions.
Breaking the cycle
Rochester is known for having an extremely philanthropic, resource-rich populace, yet we maintain a large gap between the rich and the poor.