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Arts crucial to the economy (access required)

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It’s self-evident that having strong arts organizations is important to the cultural life of any community, but a new report shows how important the arts are to the economy as well. The data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis ...

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Wrong way to right result (access required)

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement that he intends to restore voting rights to felons on parole through executive fiat is an example of doing the right thing the wrong way. First is the question of whether felons on parole should be ...

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A celebration of women (access required)

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The Rochester Business Journal has long been committed to recognizing the accomplishments of women in business, to providing resources to help women achieve success in business and to advocating for equality for women in business. The importance of women in ...

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Budget process remains flawed

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New York passed its fiscal year 2019 budget last weekend, and it was once again the result of a flawed process that is completely lacking in transparency. The budget is negotiated behind closed doors by a small group wielding immense ...

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Fake news is dangerous

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Fake news in this country is a very real threat to our democracy and our civility. We are not talking about fake news as President Donald Trump and several other politicians define it: news that they disagree with or that ...

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Slaughter lived for Rochester

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Whatever your political affiliation, there is no denying Rep. Louise Slaughter’s deep love for her adopted community. The Kentucky native spent nearly half her life working in politics to make the Rochester region better. Slaughter, who died a week ago ...

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Albany needs ethics reform

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The conviction this week of Joseph Percoco, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s former aide, on three felony charges is further evidence that Albany is in serious need of significant ethics reform. That need has been apparent for years, and lawmakers—including Cuomo—continue to ...

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Rochester encouraging electric vehicles

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It is heartening to see that the City of Rochester and several local employers are committed to removing obstacles to more widespread electric vehicle ownership. Electric vehicles are becoming an increasingly popular option, as evidenced by the fact that Gov. ...

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This time feels different (access required)

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After the Valentine’s Day shooting tragedy in Parkland, Florida, there was concern that we would see the same cycle we usually see after a mass shooting: officials offering thoughts and prayers, outrage from citizens, proposals for gun reform, then no ...

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Incinerator deserves reasoned evaluation

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A fight is brewing between Rochester-based Circular enerG LLC, which wants to build a massive trash incinerator between Cayuga and Seneca lakes, and Finger Lakes wineries and residents. Both sides are claiming the environmental high ground, and both have legitimate ...

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Wings, county avoid disaster

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It’s hard to believe that it was ever in doubt, but baseball fans across the region can breathe a sigh of relief: The Rochester Red Wings will be playing their home games at Frontier Field this season, and for the ...

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Tide not to blame

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Several deaths and an increase in calls to poison control centers have been connected to the Tide Pods challenge, which involves people—usually teenagers and young adults—biting or ingesting the laundry detergent pods and posting video of said act online. In ...

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NAFTA withdrawal hurts NY

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Business Roundtable released a 50-state economic analysis this week that shows the effects of terminating the North American Free Trade Agreement and re-imposing tariffs on exports and imports. Not surprisingly, despite the Trump administration’s rhetoric about the agreement, abandoning NAFTA ...

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Opioid plan is a start (access required)

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The opioid epidemic has grown steadily worse since the turn of the century, and it shows no sign of slowing down. Municipalities across the country are struggling with how to address this deadly drug, with mixed results. Monroe County on ...

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N.Y. needs bag fees (access required)

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It is obvious that single-use bags—especially plastic ones—handed out by grocery stores, restaurants and other retailers are bad for the environment. A six-member task force was convened last year to research and recommend a way to reduce their impact. The ...

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