A Siena College poll released last week showed general statewide support (59% – 39%) for Gov. Cuomo’s proposal to increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, but also showed that a slight majority of Upstate voters do not support the proposal. We are very concerned about the possible adverse consequence of increasing the […]
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Last week, our friends at the New York State Farm Bureau (NYFB) announced the organization’s 2015 state legislative priorities. The group’s 2015 priorities include a refundable investment tax credit. This would encourage greater investment into equipment, and for reforming New York’s inherent risk law for equine operations. Other priorities are intended to expand access to […]
Join Unshackle Upstate As It Updates the Small Business Community on the Recently Enacted State Budget
Unshackle Upstate is teaming up this week with the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading advocacy group for small business, to present brief updates to the small business community in Buffalo and Rochester on the recently passed State Budget followed by Lessons In Advocacy. Find out about the ways you can lend […]
State policy and politics can be confusing subject material and understanding how the annual state budget and thousands of pieces of legislation affect your business, industry or community can be difficult to parse. Every year, Unshackle Upstate gives dozens of presentations to help organizations understand the machinations of state government and what it means for […]
For Unshackle Upstate, the 2010 elections were just the first leg of a distance race aimed at lowering taxes, reducing state spending and ending dysfunction in the New York State Legislature.
Each and every spring we seem to do a lot of communicating with our members about how bad Albany is. Just a few years back, it was the Brennan Center’s report that New York State had the most dysfunctional government in the nation. Year-in and year-out around that time, late budgets became the norm, annually […]
An email from one resident expressing hope for a brighter future for New York makes Unshackle Upstate’s efforts relevant and worthwhile.
Regrettably, the lyrics have changed to the once popular “NY State of Mind” song. It’s now “NY State of Disarray” which includes new phrases such as “A state that can’t seem to stop spending increases” and “Having representatives that no longer serve the interests of the State.” Moreover, recent verses have just been added that include “Politicians that violate the citizen trust” and “Voter apathy in NYS that seems ever increasing.”
You hear everyone talking about his or her rights. Whether they’re speaking specifically about the Bill of Rights or simply thinking in terms of what the government should do for you and me. Aren’t “we the people” the government and if so then shouldn’t the government be a direct reflection of us and our wants and wishes?
I am really excited to share with you our new initiatives this week: The Scorecard: A Judgment Day Primer for Voters and our 2010 campaign called “11.2.2010…Judgment Day for State Legislator\s.” These two important programs will allow us to tell you exactly what takes place at the Capitol and who the good and bad actors are within each party. And Judgment Day is really what we are talking about…poor decisions by elected officials means they don’t get to go back and represent us.