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Upstate won’t recover until cities can regain their long-lost luster

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Upstate won’t recover until cities can regain their long-lost luster Once again, the key to growing upstate New York economically is bringing new life and vibrancy to its cities. That will occur only when those cities and their surrounding townships see the wisdom in the concept of consolidation. There are many ideas toward improving the finances of struggling cities, some described in Robert Caracciolo’s Oct. 28 Viewpoint, “Redistribute the revenue.” But the truth is that ...

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wmarincic
November 14, 2012
7:28 a.m.
(Comment was removed by moderator for not meeting the Daily Gazette's community standards.)
ronzo
November 14, 2012
10:45 a.m.

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Re:Upstate won't recover...These are good ideas, but the chances of any of your ideas coming to reality are well? People don't like change. As a result, sometimes change must be forced to achieve a result that is best for everyone. It has been proven time and time again here in New York that suggesting a change via a majority vote mostly results in the same answer - NO. So legislators need to make the changes for the people, but most are unwilling because they there's too much emotion within their constituents. I do not agree that counties cannot be the central government. County based governments can and do successfully work in other parts of this country. To name a few - Miami-Dade, FL; Louisville - Jefferson, KY; Augusta - Richmond, GA, and most of the Southern states. But short of changing to county based governments here, it might be possible to achieve your center-city idea by making people who live in these towns to pay a tax premium. If the towns paid more tax than city residents, that might take away some "advantage" people in these towns may feel vs. city living, and make them more willing to "merge" with a city for financial advantage. But the odds of that happening here are again well? This may only work for urban counties. In rural counties that have no cities, pure county based governments would theoretically work if people's resistance to change and emotion were not in the way. If you want some "tax facts" and haven't seen this look at:

http://taxfoundation.org/article/propert...
and view New York's taxes vs. other states. Maybe if more people became aware of this their emotions about organized government here would change.

janesjoys
November 14, 2012
3:21 p.m.

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Thank you to the staff - I wondered if there was any limit to what readers could post.

wmarincic
November 14, 2012
9:49 p.m.

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Really, my post was removed because I said that those parents should have spoken to people that have lived through communism and facism? Whatever. Liberal biased papers like this are the reason that Obama was elected twice. Had papers told the truth he wouldn't get elected dog catcher. Look at Jessie Jackson Jr. another Chicago great politician who is being treated for a mental disorder and is being charged by the FBI and forced to resign and go to jail and he was still elected by a landslide.

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