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The shrinking deficit

It has been called the incredible shrinking deficit, and this week its projected size plunged again--to the smallest gap since 2008.

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The realist

A willingness to speak plainly about hard facts is necessary but not sufficient to lead the city. The ability to plan for the future and get things done is essential, too.

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The cap and its critics

There's reason to be disappointed with the property tax cap. But let's resist the temptation to write it off as a mistake or failure.

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Interpreting the numbers

The region's performance probably was neither as strong as it appeared then nor as weak as it seemed this past winter.

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A grand compromise

To many people, immigration reform is a moral issue. Others, including most employers, see it in economic terms.

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Broken trust

Votersshould do their part by refusing to re-elect anyone who clearly has violated the public trust.

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Tangled up in taxes

Once upon a time, some people had the quaint notion that online sales needed protection from taxation. That's when e-commerce was in its infancy.

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Disappointing deal

In too many ways, the 2013-14 state budget deal backs misguided priorities.

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Downtown rising

After years of decline, the heart of the Rochester-Finger Lakes region is beating noticeably stronger these days.

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Resisting pessimism

 The Rochester area faces economic challenges, to be sure, but they should not be overestimated.

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How Albany could help

Despite its challenges, Rochester is, as the mayor notes, a vibrant city-one making considerable strides in its revitalization efforts.

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Risk and reward

Doing what's right for the country will require political courage, and voters should reward such courage.

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Doubling down

Public-sector downsizing is a sizable factor in the slow job-market recovery. The sequester would double down on that trend.

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Not the only option

While the prospects of the Paid Sick Leave Act are uncertain, the business community has the means to call on all employers to act voluntarily.

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Time for reform

Immigrants' share of U.S. business startups is more than twice their portion of the nation's population.

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