Sunday, October 19, 2014

Poverty in Southern Tier WNY

Buffalo, NY---In the congressional race for district NY 23, performance of your legislator is measured by what they do for children.  Congressman Tom Reed scores extremely low for poverty policy in these three counties:.

Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties could not be burdened with more of the same.  This is yet another indicator that these counties who are very strongly Republican do not vote in their own best interests.




Tuesday, October 7, 2014

DIRTY ENERGY = DIRTY CAMPAIGN IN NY'S 23RD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

Buffalo, NY---The race for NY 23rd District's congressional representative is the dirtiest campaign that I have ever seen.  Tonight on WIVB Channel 4, Rep. Tom Reed took to the airwaves to blame his opponent directly for the lawsuit filed by the Sierra Club and a group called Community Intervenors even though Martha Robertson is not named as one of the plaintiffs in the suit.  What kind of person does this?  Is this a man with the kind of integrity and moral fiber that you want representing you in Congress?  Why doesn't run on his own record?  Well, now, there's a good question...

Friday, October 3, 2014

SolarCity's Investment in Western New York and the GOP

Buffalo, NY---Dear SolarCity (#SCTY) Naysayers. I am the first to say I hate private sector subsidies. But I believe that this is a different and new beginning and is going to bring us, the public a beneficial return on our investment. As a professional Urban and Regional Planner, this has the innovation factor that we have been looking for since they began calling our state the Empire State. It became that way by taking big risks. No one in the New United States in the early 1800's knew how to build a canal either.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Right To Work & Right To Spank

Buffalo, NY---The map below says a great deal about Right to Work States, authoritarian and corporal punishment in schools.  This article in VOX is profound.


Friday, May 23, 2014

Moving from New York State in Droves

Buffalo, NY---A very tiny percentage of people move out if NYS annually (according to Current Population Survey (CPS), about the same number have been moving to Florida for decades to retire) and others that move are primarily in the lower income category because they can't afford to live in rich states (NYS is a "rich state"). They are moving to states like Texas because they can afford the lower cost of housing and because of the widely available low waged jobs.

Therefore, the evidence shows it is NOT because of New York's high taxes, but primarily because of the high cost of housing in New York which has become the exclusive province of the wealthy.  



In fact, recent studies show trends that more people are staying put:


This map shows millionaires per capita and the megalopolis of Washington, NYC and Boston show that the wealthy tend to cluster where the money is.


NYS is in fact "growing" by approximately 1.7 percent annually.  This is due largely from immigrants moving to downstate.

The rhetoric that peddles to the contrary (Republican nominee for NYS Governor Rob #Astorino) "They are moving from New York in droves" is simply complete #Bunk.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Blame Game in Property Tax Increases

Buffalo, NY---Local government drives the cost of your property tax bill.  Here is a look at some of the reasons property taxes have been increasing over the years.  This does not take into account the STAR exemption which is said to drive up education spending as well as transfer from local government the costs of education to the taxpayers statewide.  Other factors contribute to the growth of property taxes as well and are definitely overlooked when considering the main drivers.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Fish Story

Buffalo, NY--- This recent news flash that from 2011-2012, there are more people moving to Florida from NYS in the past year rather than the reverse lured the worst of the social media trolls.  Several conservative media outlets mixed the American Community Survey (ACS) years, e.g., comparing the 2011-2012 results with the 2006-2010 (every ACS survey is different and has different measures).  The most spouted and unintelligible response in comments by the trolling public was that it was because New York State supposedly has some of the highest taxes in the nation. 

This dribbling is taken from the annual right leaning Tax Foundation report that ranks states according to selected statistics that result in the particular biased position as stated above.  It is often countered by the left leaning Institute on Tax and Economic Policy (ITEP) showing that the report fails to measure economic output and that the selected statistics are indeed biased in favor of promoting an unsubstantiated (meaning there is no evidence to support this position) need to lower corporate taxes and ending the estate tax in New York State.