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:
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:
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.