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Up to the challenge?

May 30, 2012 - John D'Agostino
Excellent column on Memorial Day by Douglas Turner in The Buffalo News.

Turner wrote of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his small, but sometimes major, steps of challenging the public-sector unions in the state over the recent years. The reason? Public unions are choking the state, Turner says.

"According to New York’s Labor Department reports of April, three times as many work in government as in manufacturing," Turner wrote. "The 1,450,000 public employees actually outnumber those working in construction, finance and manufacturing combined. Government employees provide extremely valuable services, but do not provide net revenues or wealth. Only private investment does. Believing otherwise is pure socialism."

"Private investment," however, happens when taxes and fees do not have a stranglehold on a region like they do in Western New York. Easing any burden is a step in the right direction.


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