Last week, Unshackle Upstate executive director Brian Sampson,  joined with Michael Elmendorf, president and CEO of Associated General Contractors of New York State, in authoring an editorial in the Albany Times Union that calls on the state to invest its multi-billion windfall from financial settlements by paying off some state debt and making long term infrastructure investments.

We urge New York’s lawmakers to avoid making the mistakes of the past, which include making future spending commitments that we cannot fulfill. While New York’s fiscal situation has improved over the last four years, there is much more that can be done to improve our economy over the long term.

Helping local governments meet their infrastructure maintenance and improvement needs will not only benefit our communities for decades to come, it will put New Yorkers to work.