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Mess of mandates

The mess of mandates that burden localities has piled up over many years and is fraught with complexity; no easy remedy exists.

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A booming business

New Yorkers' trust in government has been eroded in recent years. Elected officials should take strong steps to rebuild it.

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Another chance

On May 17, most New Yorkers will get their annual chance to send a signal about school taxes and spending.

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Pumped up

By many yardsticks, U.S. motorists have enjoyed bargain prices at the pump—and still do.

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A matter of choices

Those with a stake in the city need to have a calm, deliberate discussion of what needs and values should shape the hard task of balancing the budget.

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If Mr. Brizard goes

If Rochester loses Jean-Claude Brizard as superintendent of schools, it will be a severe blow—one likely to imperil the change so desperately needed.

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The 1099 solution

Did the 1099 requirement deserve to go? Absolutely. Did Congress choose the best alternative? It's much harder to be certain about that.

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Mayor Richards’ turn

Mayor Thomas Richards cannot ignore what may be the most profound challenge for this city: the deeply rooted poverty afflicting many of its residents.

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A sensible plan

SUNY is one of New York's key assets. But staying on the current path could put its future at risk.

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No compromise

For lawmakers, the solution to closing the gap between their plans and the governor's budget can be stated in two words: Spend less.

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We still make stuff

While Rochester has fewer and fewer industrial jobs, manufacturing output has held relatively steady.

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Reform the corporate tax

With rare political alignment on the need for some U.S. corporate tax reform, this moment should not be wasted.

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Confronting Medicaid

Any serious attempt to clean up New York's fiscal mess must tackle the Medicaid issue head-on.

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Closing the credit gap

Banks of all sizes should take a leading role in boosting credit activity in the small-business sector.

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