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Breaking the cycle

Rochester is known for having an extremely philanthropic, resource-rich populace, yet we maintain a large gap between the rich and the poor.

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A key advantage

Rochester continues to possess competitive advantages in advanced industries.

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The wrong remedy

Is a full-time state Legislature an idea whose time has come?

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Snap Poll: Majority favors part-time Legislature

Following the arrest of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, some Albany lawmakers and others have said it is time to switch to a full-time Legislature with higher base pay and a limit or ban on outside income. Nearly two-thirds of respondents to the RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll still favor a part-time Legislature.

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In the zone

Many economic development strategies rely on special funding and tax breaks; by contrast, the Rochester Downtown Innovation Zone is an idea and an attitude, which together could prove to be a powerful magnet.

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Snap Poll: Most oppose free community college

Saying Americans need more knowledge and skills to meet the demands of a growing global economy without piling up decades of debt, President Barack Obama has proposed bringing the cost of two years of community college “down to zero.” A majority of respondents to this week’s RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll are not sold on the idea, though.

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What’s needed now

Without some prudent business risk-taking, this area could find itself playing catch-up with the broader economy.

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