The Rochester-based business group Unshackle Upstate released its 2011 policy agenda today that called for broad cuts to state spending, local mandates, borrowing and taxes.
“The Upstate business community is looking for a sign that state government is ready to invest in growing our economy and creating jobs,” said Sandy Parker, president and CEO of the Rochester Business Alliance and a co-founder of Unshackle Upstate in a statement. “Acting on the items outlined in Unshackle Upstate’s policy agenda would be a very positive sign, one that would go a long way toward convincing the job creators that New York is indeed open for business.”
The rollout of the policy agenda comes as Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is calling for a fundamental reorganization of state spending, begins to tour the state in an attempt to build popular support for his agenda. He is giving a condensed State of the State speech in Jamestown today and in Watertown on Friday.
At the same time, Cuomo wants to mobilize the business community — with the help from groups like Unshackle — in an effort to get support for the expected battle with public unions. Cuomo’s plans for making upstate economically viable again is tied to his overall effort in fixing the state.
“Upstate New Yorkers have been on the receiving end of countless broken promises,” the group’s Executive Director Brian Sampson said. “But I believe that the tides of despair and dysfunction are finally turning in our favor. That being said, legislators should be fully aware that we will continue to monitor their actions, as we did in 2010, and they will be held accountable.”
The full agenda is after the jump.