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Those job numbers

Rochester continues to be challenged by the impact of the Great Recession and the long-term decline of once-dominant employers like Eastman Kodak Co. And at the same time it continues to make progress.

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Faded confidence

Opportunities exist, and some businesses will seize them. Let’s hope a good number of those that do reside here.

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The uneven recovery

In aggregate data, the picture is quite bright. But for individuals, the local economy is much more relevant—and many communities continue to struggle.

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Starting point

No matter how daunting the challenges and even with diminished power to confront external forces, this community's resilience and capacity to adapt are intact.

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Not the right time

No one is saying the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program should be made permanent. But now is not the time to end it.

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Striking a balance

Let's hope that when Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlines his plans in the upcoming State of the State address, he will aim for the right mix of rate relief, simplicity and fairness.

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Fighting poverty

While many anti-poverty strategies have been tried, the list of failures is a long one.

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In Congress’ court

Congress can--and should--resolve the issue of interstate sales tax collection for Web sales.

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The Vargas plan

Those dubious about Bolgen Vargas' new plan to boost student achievement in the Rochester City School District might call it a handoff—or a Hail Mary.

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Two more strikes

Tax reform should not begin and end with lower rates. How taxes are levied is important too.

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Time to renew TPA

A final Trans-Pacific Partnership accord can and should be debated by lawmakers. But let's give the president the authority needed to wrap up the agreement.

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Rochester’s next mayor

For Lovely Warren, the hardest work likely awaits her. But that fact in no way diminishes what she already has accomplished.

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Not ready to compete

Without significant improvements to the U.S. education system, employers will need to carry a heavier load to remain competitive.

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Dueling rulings

It is unreasonable to expect online merchants to collect taxes under current laws for the thousands of taxing jurisdictions nationwide.

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