Which of the following most closely reflects your opinion of what should be the No. 1 priority for the new governor?
33% Cut personal and business taxes
22% Enact state government reform
20% Reduce government spending
10% Reduce unfunded mandates
9% Fix workers’ comp and reform the Scaffold Law
7% Boost government spending on economic development
Poll conducted 11/6 – 11/7/06
“High taxes (property, sales and income taxes), workers’ comp, lack of job creation, government waste and bureaucracy are big problems. You don’t need to be a Harvard MBA to figure out why companies are leaving New York and why our young people are leaving with them. We may be proud that our unemployment rate is below the national rate. We cannot be proud that it is because jobs are leaving at the same rate people are.”
Arnold Magnetic Technologies CFO
“Without reform of the state governmental process, we have no chance of effecting meaningful change. Lack of reform means we are doomed to have more of the same old business as usual.”
-John Costello, First Niagara Risk Management Inc.
“All above are important. However, state government wastes a lot in misguided economic development projects. Let business run business. Get out of our way by fixing workers’ comp, the Scaffold Law, reducing government spending. But most of all, quit killing the taxpayers, our employees, with unfunded mandates that hurt every county government.”
-Bill Lanigan, Chamberlin Rubber Co.
11/10/06 (C) Rochester Business Journal