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Snap Poll: Most think politics drove IRS targeting

More than 75 percent of respondents to this week’s RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll say they believe the Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative groups for closer scrutiny was politically motivated.

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Two New Yorks

New York would be better served if leaders had more faith in the idea of a state friendly to all businesses.

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Protecting their own

Ousting Mr. Silver as Assembly speaker would not transform the capital's culture; the problems are too deeply rooted. But consequences for misuse of his power would be a first step.

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Sustainability or resilience: which should we seek?

The resilience approach to management is not a panacea, and there is the danger that like the notion of sustainability, it will come to mean whatever one wants it to mean.

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The shrinking deficit

It has been called the incredible shrinking deficit, and this week its projected size plunged again--to the smallest gap since 2008.

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Hydrofracking: In defense of complex energy regulation

After my last column on hydrofracking, I was asked to participate in a forum at the University of Rochester sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa. In my intro, I quipped that I was the guy invited to defend the despoiling of ...

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State of the city is ‘fair,’ plurality says

The plurality of respondents say Rochester is in "fair" condition, but nearly 60 percent say the city is in better shape than it was two years ago before Mayor Thomas Richards took over.

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Affordable health insurance for N.Y.’s small firms

By making the health insurance market work better for New York's small businesses, the law is letting them focus on what they do best: delivering great products and services, creating jobs and growing our economy.

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The realist

A willingness to speak plainly about hard facts is necessary but not sufficient to lead the city. The ability to plan for the future and get things done is essential, too.

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The cap and its critics

There's reason to be disappointed with the property tax cap. But let's resist the temptation to write it off as a mistake or failure.

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Majority says property tax cap not a success

More than 60 percent of respondents to this week's RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll disagree with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's assessment of New York's property tax cap as a "tremendous success."

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