Politics & Government

TAX REFORM
7:26 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Local Businesses Voice Discontent at Tax Hearings

Senators Carl Marcellino, John DeFrancisco, Dave Valesky
Credit Scott Willis / WAER

In a hearing Thursday to discuss ways to reduce and reform the state’s taxes, a theme emerged:  Syracuse-area business owners say the state’s high tax burden and shrinking population make it tempting to do business elsewhere. 

The Pioneer Companies development firm has been based here for four generations, but Chairman Michael Falcone testified he’s had to branch out to ten other states.  He says that gives him a solid basis of comparison:

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Mayoral Election
6:51 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Maneuvering for November Election Results in Lawsuit

Tom Dadey
Credit CNYGop.com

A Syracuse University political science expert says the maneuvering by Onondaga County Republicans to keep a ballot line open in November without naming a candidate could work for and against the party. 


Professor Grant Reeher of the Maxwell School of Citizenship says it is a bit unusual, and could also be risky:

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Save the Rain
3:54 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Onon County Taxpayers Will Pay More for 'Save the Rain' Projects

County approves suburban Save the Rain projects like this Westcott Street construction
Credit WAER News

Onondaga County taxpayers will be spending $2 million more this year on projects meant to keep rainwater from flooding the sewer system.  The County Legislature approved the money for additional “Save the Rain” projects…even though the program has its own budget.

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Syrian Conflict
3:31 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Protestors Say 'Don't Send Missiles to Syria, Instead Help the People'

Syracuse residents protest against any military strikes in Syria.
Credit Scott Willis/WAER News

About 20 members of the peace community gathered today in front of Syracuse’s federal building to oppose any military intervention in Syria.


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President and Protests
9:18 am
Fri August 23, 2013

People had Plenty to Say To, and About, President Obama in Syracuse

Protestors lined the streets leading to Hanninger High for the President and attendees to see
Credit Chenelle Terry/WAER News

Hundreds of students who attended President Obama’s speech in Syracuse cheered many of his points about making college more accessible. 

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