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January 3, 2011 - John D'Agostino
In the mid 1980s, it was the feel-good I Love New York days. Travel campaigns on the radio, televisions and in newspapers highlighted the best all our state had to offer.
But more than 20 years later, the heart has fallen out of favor. It is now, unfortunately, a dollar sign — one prominent for taxpayers and tourists alike.
In a recent Wall Street Journal editorial, the woes of upstate were hit right on the head while discussing the Marcellus Shale drilling potential:
"Political elites in Albany and New York City live off Wall Street and other service industries, and they think of upstate New York as an environmental museum: a nice place to visit on the weekend but they wouldn't want to develop the resources there," the Dec. 16 editorial "Madness of New York" notes. "No wonder the great Empire State can’t pay its bills and keeps losing taxpayers to places that want their citizens to prosper."
Our county, located right on the Pennsylvania border, certainly understands the consequences.
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