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Tax bill a missed chance

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Now that President Trump’s promised tax reform bill has passed both the House and Senate, more informed analyses are coming out based on what actually ended up in the final bill. As you might expect, there is disagreement depending on who is putting the analysis together, but there are several conclusions that seem indisputable.

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From startup to benefactor (access required)

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The story of Austin McChord and Datto is a feel-good tale from start to sale. McChord founded the data-protection company before he graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology. This week, having sold the company to Vista Equity Partners, McChord donated $50 million to the university that nurtured his idea. McChord, who said his “success today would not have been possible without my time at RIT,” designated the money to help encourage creativity and entrepreneurship and to boost the university’s study of cybersecurity and artificial intelligence.

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‘Time’ gets it right

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Time magazine says that its Person of the Year award goes to the person, group, idea or object that “for better or for worse … has done the most to influence the events of the year.” With that as the ...

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Green job growth

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A new report from the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority shows that clean energy can help the economy as well as the environment. According to the 2017 New York Clean Energy Industry Report, clean energy jobs increased ...

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Celebrating new leaders (access required)

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In order for any community to thrive, it is crucial that its most successful members give back: with their time, their expertise and their money. Fortunately, Rochester has always been a community with strong philanthropic leaders, but there’s no guarantee ...

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Monroe County deserves assistance (access required)

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday declared Lake Ontario’s shoreline a disaster area, allowing federal funds to be used to help the area recover from flooding that took place earlier this year. The designation allows state, local and tribal governments—and some nonprofit groups—to apply for federal money for emergency work and to repair or replace damaged facilities. Six shoreline counties in New York qualified for the assistance—Jefferson, Niagara, Orleans, Oswego, St. Lawrence and Wayne. Monroe and Cayuga counties, however, were not deemed eligible.

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NY still needs changes

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Voters in New York overwhelmingly rejected a Constitutional Convention on Tuesday. That is not a huge surprise, given the confusion surrounding how a convention would work and the organized opposition campaign waged against the prospect. And there were legitimate reasons for voters to be concerned about the idea of a Constitutional Convention. Many people argued that a convention would just consist of the same career politicians who are already entrenched in Albany, thus limiting the possibility for real change.

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Snap Poll: Majority wary of self-driving cars (access required)

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The push toward self-driving cars took another step forward recently when a company created by Google began testing a vehicle on public roads without a human backup driver. Waymo started using an automated Chrysler Pacifica minivan in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler, Arizona, last month with only an employee in the back seat. The employee is not able to steer the minivan but can press a button to stop the vehicle if necessary.

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