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State Ed test opt-outs: What’s the likely impact on policy?

Dissatisfaction with the state Education Department’s testing regimen led many parents to allow their children to “opt out” of state exams last spring. And now state leaders are engaged in a tactical withdrawal. With Education Commissioner John King off to ...

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Readers: Biden would be strongest pick

A plurality of respondents to this week’s RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll thinks Vice President Joe Biden would be the party’s strongest candidate.

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Uber, Lyft should operate here, most say

Nine out of 10 respondents to this week’s RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll say Albany should enact legislation to allow Uber and Lyft to operate in Upstate New York.

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Forward thinking

The worth of the Finger Lakes plan truly will be demonstrated if it guides the region no matter the outcome of the Upstate Revitalization contest.

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Snap Poll: Most give business passing ethics grade

Recent corporate scandals involving Volkswagen, General Motors Co. and other companies have put renewed focus on business ethics. Respondents to this week’s RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll gave mostly passing grades in the area of ethics.

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Learning power

One of the most important areas of growth has been health care and education, which has been a core strength here in recent years.

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Here we go again

Budget dysfunction in Washington is routine, but shutting down the government ought to be beyond the pale.

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To spur innovation, why not get rid of patents?

Suppose an individual builds a home. This individual is able to decide who lives in this home, whether the home is available for rent or sale, and under what terms. Put differently, this person has a property right on his ...

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As jobs are lost to automation, how should we respond?

I’ve a weakness for dystopian literature (think Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road”). The premise of these books is a disaster that fundamentally alters the trajectory of the planet. The apocalypse is typically human-caused—some act that taps into our collective guilt about ...

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