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Upstate will never succeed with so many layers of government

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Upstate will never succeed with so many layers of government The Gazette has run some meaningful articles on economic development upstate, the most recent being L.D. Davidson’s May 26 Viewpoint, that development funding “should go to small, start-up business.” But as with the others, L.D. fails to address the greatest impediment to development in general throughout upstate, the terrible structure of government up here. We have “small cities” that since World War II have seen ...

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Fritzdawg
May 31, 2013
1:27 a.m.
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kopacham
May 31, 2013
6:15 a.m.

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Albert Colone is right about the need to consolidate our small cities and suburbs. New York City did just that over 100 year ago. It is time for the Capitol region to shed it's fiefdoms and umpteen layers of taxpayer burdened bureaucracies!

ronzo
May 31, 2013
7:17 a.m.

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Progressive cities and counties started merging many years ago - like Miami-Dade, Louisville-Jefferson, Indianapolis-Marion, and smaller ones like Augusta-Richmond County in Georgia. Those are places that businesses migrate to because of minimized political turf wars that create high taxes. Would people consider dissolving the cities and towns in the Capital Region and incorporate a new municipal government called "Capital District, NY" instead of competing with each other for business development? Yeah sure.

wmarincic
May 31, 2013
7:41 a.m.

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I guess the Gazette believes that fritzdawg can call people names without being removed, had this been me the post would have been removed 10 minutes after me posting it. Double standards.

albright1
May 31, 2013
9:04 a.m.

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wmarincic....I was thinking the same thing!

justapto
May 31, 2013
11:15 a.m.

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Fritzdawg: I checked the 'Rev' background and could find no formal training in anything. I guess I will just ordain myself a 'rev' and take the entitlements there of. Not bashing her opinion. If she wants to come cross with a professional title; she has to prove the validity.

tonijean613
May 31, 2013
3:04 p.m.
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tonijean613
May 31, 2013
3:10 p.m.

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Ronzo- look to MA- the solution is not consolidating small towns, but eliminating COUNTY level of govt. MA- great high standard of living towns where residents have more direct control over their school budgets and town services- more transparent democracy- they eliminated COUNTY level govt I think in the late 70's.
Lower property taxes, better schools, and better services. not to mention a successful Universal Healthcare system.

ronzo
May 31, 2013
4:11 p.m.

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tonijean613 - look to the low tax states and how their local government is organized. At the county level and nothing below that, except for independent cities. The state where I came here from has a property tax rate of about $23 per $1000 of assessed value. The assessed value is one-third the market value. A house valued at $300K has a property tax of $2300 total. That includes all county services, including schools. There are no additional taxes like school tax, fire district, etc. So Mass. might be OK, but is still a high tax state.

hodgkins.t
May 31, 2013
10:05 p.m.

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*DG was too slow to moderate commentary on this page today. Personal attacks were posted for a majority of the work day, this is unacceptable.

*If the editors made a decision to subject women engaged in one half of a transaction to public derision, they should also subject the men involved to the same treatment.

*Countywide governments or regional governments are best able to utilize economies of scale; operations are more efficient when conducted on a larger scale. However, this must be balanced with broadly accessible and participatory democracy. A large legislature that represents the people, peoples committees, participatory budgeting, and budgets subject to a general vote via polling places and the internet over a week would provide the necessary check on a more encompassing government.

wmarincic
June 1, 2013
12:45 p.m.

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justapto, you may be ordained by a church, it is possible that she went to Bible School somewhere. Al Sharpton never went to Bible School but he runs around calling himself Reverand.

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