Category Archives: economy

ANALYZING THE 2017 COUNTY BUDGET

The County Legislature approved the 2017 Allegany County Budget at its November 28th session. We have come a long way since I first joined the Board in January 2006. The County was then facing a Budget deficit of $5 million. … Continue reading

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NASTY DOUBLE STANDARD – NYS “TAX CAP” HYPOCRISY

In 2013 the State imposed a “Tax Cap” on Allegany County (and all other NYS municipalities). At the time Governor Cuomo declared that local governments must learn to “live within their means.’ The Governor’s comments represent extreme hypocrisy. Most local … Continue reading

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ECONOMIC DYSFUNCTION

The world economy isn’t doing very well. Free trade and expanded markets have not delivered the wealth and progress promised by the experts. We survived the “Great Recession,” and a few sectors of our society have even done quite well … Continue reading

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SOUND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

  The second monthly meeting of the Allegany County Legislature was held on Monday, June 27th, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. Twelve Legislators were present, with three absent. Former Air Force Senior Airman Daniel Fuller, of Scio led us in the … Continue reading

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT VISION, MISSION STATEMENT AND OBJECTIVES

If you don’t have a clear understanding of what you want to accomplish it becomes very difficult to achieve your desired results. That realization motivated a group of education leaders, business leaders and government leaders to spend almost a full … Continue reading

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ISSUES, ISSUES, EVERYWHERE!!!

Some issues get lots of attention, and some issues are ignored. Sometimes the reasons issues get attention, or inattention, are obvious and easy to understand. Sometimes the reasons for the attention, or inattention, are hard to figure out. I want … Continue reading

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2016 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET SHENANIGANS

New York State government is almost totally dysfunctional. This is clearly demonstrated by the 2016 State Budget that was adopted on April 1st. For example, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued “messages of necessity” (to get around pre-filing deadlines) to allow the … Continue reading

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