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Support NRG Repowering – Contact The PSC Now

By Todd J. Tranum  – President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce & Executive director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier

In order for the project to move forward, the Public Service Commission must vote to allow the NRG repowering.  This is a time for all businesses and residents in Chautauqua County to make their voices heard on this issue.  Please write to the PSC now.  You can send support letters to:  Chairman Garry A. Brown & Acting Secretary Jeffrey Cohen, NYS Public Service Commission, Agency Bldg. 3, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12223.  Please reference Case # 12-E-0577.  In addition, you may send comments and concerns to Hon. Andrew Cuomo, Governor, New York State, Executive Chamber, NYS Capitol, Albany, NY 12224.  If you prefer to email, you can find a link directly to the PSC’s comment page for this case on the Chamber’s website at www.chautauquachamber.org.  Thank you.

Senator Young requests local hearing on NRG

New York State Sen. Catharine Young has filed a request with the state’s Public Service Commission that it hold a hearing in the local area on the future of the NRG Dunkirk plant and its repowering proposal.

“It is only right that the members of the community that are directly impacted by these proposals be given a voice in this critical matter, and granted a hearing with those making the decisions,” Young wrote PSC Chairman Garry A. Brown. “Therefore, I request that you arrange to have at least one public hearing in Dunkirk or its immediate surrounding area as soon as possible, within the timeframe of the 45-day public comment period…

“We’ve got a lot of comments and support. I know the 4,000 people who signed the petition was really wonderful. We did send the signatures to the Public Service Commission just to show them the broad depth of support for the repowering project, but even if people signed a petition it still would be very helpful for people to send in their own letter also.”

Letters may be sent to: Chairman Garry A. Brown and Acting Secretary Jeffrey Cohen, NYS Public Service Commission Agency Bldg. 3, Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12223. Be sure to refer to case number 12-E-0577.

Public comments and letters may also be submitted to the PSC online by going to documents.dps.ny.gov/public/Comments/PublicComments.aspx?MatterCaseNo=12-E-0577.

Read the full articles on our OCDB issues page here.

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Time to Act – Special County Legislature Meeting this Thursday, October 18th, 6:30pm, Mayville.

Be there, stand up for the taxpayers and the general welfare of our county, and speak out.

This failing government enterprise needs to be transitioned over to the private sector if you really want to save it, the services, and the jobs it provides.

As for signs, we’ll take option number three!

Hmm let’s see, from top to bottom:

Sign #1 – That’s what they say but it’s nothing more than a scare tactic. Save it? From what, the bombs, the bulldozers, the padlocks? NO, that is not at all the case.

Sign #2 – This is the real agenda = See sign #1.

Sign #3 – Now we are talking reality, and the proper fiscal responsibility as well as the proper role of government. The choice, from our duly elected and accountable representatives, in this case County Legislators, is clear – privatize the home, or in other words sell it, with necessary conditions yes, but never the less sell it.

No more delays, stalling, or pandering, no more $80k studies, no more emotions over facts, figures, inevitable conclusions, and duty. No more subsidies, no more bailouts, no more sticking the taxpayers with the cost of excessive government, when in fact the same services and jobs could be provided by a private sector entity that will enhance our local economy, as opposed to taking from it.

It’s long overdue, time for county government to act to protect all those families paying property taxes, time to help save all our homes, and the time to act is NOW !!!

“So often we hear from County government that their hands are tied on an issue, that due to legalities of one sort or another by the state or federal government, that they cannot act. This is not case with the County home, it is a decision solely in the hands of our county officials, no excuses”

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01/10/2010

Just The Facts. . .

Kenneth Adams, President and CEO The Business

Council of New York State, Inc. recently

announced that New York has lost 195,000 private

sector jobs in the last year.

Adams stated, “The New York State Department

of Labor reported that New York lost 2,500 privatesector

jobs last November. This marked 14 of the

past 15 months where the private sector job count

declined.”

To reverse this trend in 2010, Adams said that

Albany leaders must ease the tax burden on our

economy and let employers create new jobs. “The

private sector is suffocating under the crushing burden

of taxes and a political climate that is hostile to

job-creation. The Empire State has become the

empire of unemployment.”

Continuing a pattern that has held since the beginning

of this downturn, only the taxpayer-supported

educational and health services sectors saw an

increase in jobs of 2.5 percent for the year.

“To create new jobs and economic opportunity for

all New Yorkers, government leaders must commit

to lowering spending and easing the tax burden as

they work to balance the budget,” concluded Adams.

Dec 27, 2009

Just The Facts…  Tax Freedom Day Arrives April 25 In New York

Tax Freedom Day is the day when Americans

finally have earned enough money to pay off their

total tax bill for the year. In 2009, New York taxpayers

had to work until April 25, ranking it 3rd highest

(worst) in the nation, 12 days after the national

Tax Freedom Day (April 13). The Tax Freedom

Days of neighboring states are; Pennsylvania,

April 14 (ranked 11th), New Jersey, April 29

(ranked 2nd), Connecticut, April 30 (ranked 1st)

and Vermont, April 12 (ranked 19th).

Federal Tax Burdens: New

York Is A Donor State

New York taxpayers receive less federal funding

per dollar of federal taxes paid than the average

state. Per dollar of Federal tax collected in 2005,

New York citizens received approximately $0.79 in

the way of federal spending. This ranks the state

42nd lowest nationally and represents a decline

from 1995, when New York received $0.87 per dollar

of taxes in federal spending (ranked 40th nationally).

Neighboring states and the amount of federal

spending received per dollar of federal taxes collected

were: Pennsylvania ($1.07), New Jersey ($0.61),

Connecticut ($0.66), and Vermont ($1.08). (Source:

The Tax Foundation)

Nov 22, 2009

JUST THE FACTS…

Unshackle Upstate urged the upstate Senate

Majority, who have banded together to oppose cuts

that will disproportionately impact Upstate, to not

side with downstate colleagues as they consider

roughly $1 billion in new health insurance tax

increases.

The legislature already increased taxes on health

insurance by more than $730 million this year. Not

only will another increase make health insurance

unaffordable for many New Yorkers, it will put yet

another onerous tax burden on employers.

The Chamber encourages business and community

leaders and all tax payers to take action now by calling

your local, state and federal leaders to drive the change

necessary to create a viable and sustainable region.

JUST THE FACTS

Nov. 15, 2009

Unshackle Upstate NY recently listed its recommended

cuts to the 2009-10 NY budget which

includes immediate cuts of 3 percent in state operations,

which it suggests not be passed on to local

governments or shifted to federal stimulus dollars.

That alone, the group states, would save an extra 2.2

billion dollars. For more information on Unshackle

Upstate New York’s budget recommendations, go to

www.unshackleupstateny.com

Nov 8, 2009

New York continues to have the highest tax burden

in the nation, a burden that drives away businesses,
jobs and people. In 2005, New York had
the highest state and local taxes per capita among
the states, at $5,752. That’s one and half times as
high as the figure for the entire nation. Looking at
state and local taxes as a portion of all income

earned in the state, New York ranks third in the

nation. Taxes will consume 13.8 percent of total

income in New York, less than only Vermont

(14.1%) and Maine (14%), according to Tax Foundation

projections for 2007.

State government should make New York a more

affordable place to live, especially for our young

people starting lives and careers. Specifically, New

York should: Increase the standard deduction from

$7,500 to $10,000 for young people 18 to 25 who

are making their start in life and adopt the federal

policy of allowing residents who are paying back

student loans to deduct the interest from their taxable

income, thereby reducing their tax liability.

(Source: Unshackle Upstate New York)

The Chamber encourages business, community

leaders and tax payers to call their local, state, and
federal leaders today to drive the change necessary
to create a viable and sustainable region.
Nov 1, 2009
JUST THE FACTS…
¯ Recently the Tax Foundation ranked New York
second on per capita government spending.
¯ According to the Citizens Budget Commission,
Medicaid spending is expected to grow by 36 percent
over the next three years.
¯ Although New York’s spending tops the chart,
its quality of care does not; a 2009 Commonwealth
Fund scorecard ranked New York State 21st among

the states in health system performance.

¯ New York now spends 65 percent more than

the national average per pupil. According to the

Center for Applied Economic Research more than a

third of all other states schools outperform New

York’s, while New York spends the most of any

state per student.

¯ The most critical factor that makes living and

working in New York State burdensome, are the

property taxes. New York’s local taxes are the highest

in the nation, at 79 percent above the national

average, with school taxes accounting for the

largest portion of it. Source: Unshackle Upstate

New York.

The Chamber encourages business, community

leaders and tax payers to call their local, state, and

federal leaders today to drive the change necessary

to create a viable and sustainable region.

Oct 4,2009

Just The Facts…
The Public Policy Institute of NYS ranks New
York 48th out of the 50 states with the highest business
costs. Massachusetts and California were the
only other states with a higher business cost rating.
Sept 27,2009
Just the Facts — Why we must take action now! In this feature the Chamber will highlight the data that is telling us we need sweeping reform in New York State. Business leaders, community leaders and all tax payers need to take action now if we are going to drive the change necessary to create a viable and sustainable region. The Public Policy Institute (PPI) and Tax Foundation ranked New York State Business Tax Climate Index for 2009 as follows: ¯ Overall Rank – 49 ¯ Corporate Tax Rank – 22 ¯ Individual Income Tax Rank – 43 ¯ Sales Tax Rank – 49 ¯ Unemployment Insurance Tax Rank – 44 ¯ Property Tax Rank – 45 To understand this ranking, a ranking of one indicates the most business-friendly tax climate while a higher number ranking indicates a less business-friendly tax climate. Source: Business Council of New York State, The Tax Foundation

Sept 13,2009

JUST THE FACTS – WHY WE MUST TAKE ACTION NOW! In this feature the Chamber will highlight the data that is telling us we need sweeping reform in New York State. Business leaders, community leaders and all tax payers need to take action now if we are going to drive the change necessary to create a viable and sustainable region. The Public Policy Institute (PPI) Analysis of Census Bureau State and Local Government Finances ranked New York State number one in: ¯ Highest in state and local taxes per capita at $6,405; ¯ Highest in local taxes per capita and state taxes per capita at $3,432; ¯ Highest in state and local income tax at $2,000; and ¯ Highest in state and local per-capita welfare spending at $2,236. PPI also ranked New York third in state and local debt per capital; sixth among state and local government employee number and wage; and ninth in state and local employee average contribution and annual benefit amount with $25,194. Source: The Public Policy Institute of New York State, Inc.

Sept 6,2009

Just the Facts — Why we must take action now! In this feature the Chamber will highlight the data that is telling us we need sweeping reform in New York State. Business leaders, community leaders and all tax payers need to take action now if we are going to drive the change necessary to create a viable and sustainable region. The Cost of 10,521 Governments to Taxpayers – What does the duplication and overlapping taxing entities mean to taxpayers? New York state has the highest local property burden in the country. $73 per every $1,000 of personal income is paid by individuals for local taxes. That is $30.00 over the national average! New York’s forms of general purpose government – counties, cities, towns, and villages – were devised in the eighteenth century and developed in the nineteenth. But they have not been modified in the twentieth century, despite enormous changes in population size and diversity, economic activity, transportation systems, settlement patterns and communications technology. Instead, the state has added frequently but streamlined rarely. Localities kept their forms, but their functions converged. Where necessary, single-function, special districts and authorities were created to augment existing entities, increasing layering and complexity. The result is not a system, but a maze of overlapping and often competing jurisdictions. Source: New York State Attorney General’s Office.

Aug 30,2009

Just the facts: why we must take action now Look for Just the Facts every weekend in the Chamber Corner. In this feature the Chamber will highlight the data that is telling us we need sweeping reform in New York State. Business leaders, community leaders and all tax payers need to take action now if we are going to drive the change necessary to create a viable and sustainable region. The Facts – Numerous taxing layers crush New Yorkers: ¯ Counties – 57 ¯ Cities – 62 ¯ Towns – 932 ¯ Villages – 556 ¯ School Districts/BOCES – 996 ¯ Authorities – 991 ¯ Special Districts – over 6,927 Chautauqua Belle to host ‘Light the Lakes’ fireworks fundraiser cruise The Mayville/Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce and the Chautauqua Belle are joining forces to host a special cruise on Tuesday to raise funds toward the cost of the Mayville ‘Light the Lakes’ fireworks display to be held on Sunday, Sept. 6 at 10:10 p.m. at Lakeside Park in Mayville. The cruise will feature dinner catered by the Athenaeum Hotel of Chautauqua Institution, music and a cash bar. The Chautauqua Belle will depart from its dock at Lakeside Park in Mayville at 6 p.m. Tickets are still available at the cost of $50 per person and reservations can be made by calling the Chautauqua Belle at (716) 753-2355. Join us on Tuesday for this very special evening benefit cruise on scenic Chautauqua Lake and help support the annual ‘Light the Lakes’ fireworks display in Mayville.

Aug 23,2009

Just the facts: why we must take action now Look for Just the Facts every weekend in the Chamber Corner. In this feature the Chamber will highlight the data that is telling us we need sweeping reform in New York State. Business leaders, community leaders and all tax payers need to take action now if we are going to drive the change necessary to create a viable and sustainable region. The Facts ¯ New York State has 10,521 governments. ¯ New York State has the highest local property burden in the country! ¯ $73 per every $1,000 of personal income is paid by individuals for local taxes. That is $30 over the national average! (Source: New York State, Office of the Attorney General) Department of Defense Opportunity Forum Join venture capitalists, corporate executives, Department of Defense (DoD) officials and leaders of New York companies developing cutting-edge technologies for our nation’s defense. On Sept. 15, at the Holiday Inn, Syracuse, NY attend the DoD Opportunity Forum and… ¯ Learn how to partner with prime contractors ¯ Connect with New York’s most promising advanced technology businesses ¯ Pitch a business to venture capitalists ¯ Identify public and private funding sources The event will conclude with a Venture Capital PitchFest and Networking Reception sponsored by the Upstate Venture Association of New York (UVANY). For more information or to register visit: DoDForumNY.com.

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