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Thu December 12, 2013
This Week's 'New York NOW' Poll Question
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Last Week's Results
How would you rate New York’s business climate?
Your comments on New York’s business climate:
Poor. I speak from experience in the southern tier, Businesses are leaving, not coming to NY. The Cuomo's indecision on hydrofracking is a prime example of NY being CLOSED to businesses. Maybe NY city is doing fine...the rest of NY is NOT. -Mike L., Lockwood
Poor. Too much state taxes. Do not need God Help Us, liquefied gas storage or hydrofracking in this state. Too much bureaucracy as it is. -Margaret J., Almond
Poor. Well we know most of the gun manufacturers are moving out. Don`t believe coumo`s BS. Just look around you at the empty buildings. -Charles C., Sherburne
Excellent. New York provides immense tax breaks for business. If a business is not doing well it is because what they are selling is not in high demand. According to market principals these businesses should close and not subsidized by tax payers. -Jennifer P.
Poor. The only way to fix the business climate in NY is to break the state into two to separate states Upstate & NYC w/ Long Island. If there ever was a state that begged to be broken into two states NY is it. You have fiscal conservatism upstate and tax and spend liberalism downstate. Two distinct cultures. -Bob P., Owego
Poor. We have two different cultures in NYS, the city and upstate. The city does not understand the rural way of life, The city dictates upstate policy according to city living and standards; this has to stop. We need to secede from the city to bring back upstates economy. We are over taxed because of NYC and most of our tax dollars go to support the city. I believe we could do much better without the city. -Tom P., Owego
Poor. Despite wasting millions of taxpayer dollars in feel good ads promoting by the New York State Economic Development Corporation at the behest of Governor Cuomo, business and jobs continue to flee. Only those who receive corporate welfare subsidies from Albany stay. Lets trade Cuomo for Texas Governor Rick Perry whose state continues to prosper with new jobs and business without excessive taxes and regulations. -Larry P., Great Neck
Excellent. NY has great growing agriculture and wine insdstry. A good infrastructure. A financial industry and an outstanding education system from grade school through colleges. We also have a lot of research. Plus we have a lot of water. Pulling that all together makes us excellent. -Peter G., Branchport
Poor. The government policy to tax everything that moves---corporate tax, sales tax, etc. is whats destroying the state's economy. Taxes should be cut significently as an incentive for companies to invest in the states future (means of production, jobs, etc.). Thats is the only way to improve the state economy. That and throwing the bums in Albany out of office. One doesn't need a doctorate in economics to know that. -Fred C., Middle Village
Poor. Too complicated to start a business. Trying to figure out what is subject to sales tax and what is not - awful. Worker's Comp, Disability, Unemployment Insurances - too much! Too much paperwork, too many regulations. Federal and State Payroll Taxes. DEC permit for storm water. Health Department permit for food. RIDICULOUS rules for independent contractors. And now Health Insurance. Politicians like to call "economic incentives" when they want you to build your business, and then after you do it then they call it a "tax break". Not-for-profit government subsidized business compete with my business. -Anonymous
Poor. NY is anti-business. For instance advocating minimum wage hikes rather than promoting private job creation and entrepreneurship wherein jobs are plentiful. People can opt for a better paying job. Why kill the lower paying jobs? -Art N., Staatsburg
Disclaimer: This is not a scientific poll. It is not intended to be viewed as representative of general public opinion. Rather, results indicate the opinions of a self-selecting group of online respondents which may or may not be representative of more widespread public opinion.
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