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The Cuomo Jobs Plan

September 29, 2010

This is more like it. This is what people want to see. This is what you are supposed to be doing. This is timely, substantive and constructive stuff. 

We’re talking to Andrew Cuomo about his plan to revitalize the state economy. He announced the plan in Buffalo yesterday, and we commend him for doing so. More than that, we say: “Hooray!” 

Having said that, this ought to be the beginning of a debate on the best approach to create jobs in New York. 

Cuomo has one approach. It’s a multi-pronged effort that would create new programs and services, and retool others. He would focus on infrastructure investment, workforce training, innovation grants, access to capital and giving local officials more authority in determining who gets state economic development assistance. To his credit, he goes beyond traditional Democratic ideas and also talks about the need to control state spending and reduce the cost of doing business in New York. 

The Cuomo plan is very ambitious. And in this regard, it is a little surprising. As Cuomo-ologists, we know about Andrew’s famous critique of his father. He said that Mario tried to do too many things and didn’t focus on the two or three priority areas where he could both make a name for himself and make a real difference. 

Andrew would do well to remember that sound advice. His plan includes 23 discreet initiatives that are all worthwhile. But a legitimate question after reviewing his proposal is this: What is the big idea that will grab the attention of employers and convince them that they should invest in New York now? 

Now we haven’t seen the Paladino economic plan. (He is supposed to unveil it today at the Business Council’s annual meeting.) We have a hunch that Paladino will focus on broad-based tax relief to benefit all businesses in New York, not targeted sectors. And this approach is sharply different that Cuomo’s and deserves consideration. 

But in order to have that discussion, Paladino needs to step up to the plate in the same way that Cuomo has done. And then there ought to be a real give and take on the merits of each approach.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    September 29, 2010 10:48 PM

    It isn’t a bold sweeping plan at all. It’s a laundry list of action items that was vetted by the unions. In every area that might antagonize the unions, the language is vague and soft.

  2. Anonymous permalink
    September 29, 2010 10:52 PM

    The problem is the perception and reality that NY is a high tax, high cost state. The answer is simple: Cut taxes and spending. Forget about the feel-good programs and services. Cut taxes and spending. Do it and create jobs. I think it was RFK or some other Democratic icon who said: “A good job is the best social program.”

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