People aren’t leaving because of New York taxes

first_imgSo where are they going? According to Politifact, using U.S. Census estimates, “Almost 70,000 New York state residents moved to the Sunshine State in 2015.The second-most popular destination was New Jersey, which gained about 50,000 people from New York state. California ranked third with almost 37,000 people from New York.”Does The Gazette Editorial Board really think people are migrating to New Jersey and California to escape high taxes and government waste?The only reasonable conclusion one can draw is that The Gazette Editorial Board is committed to an extreme free market ideology regardless of the facts. Rather than broad attacks on the state government and public service, the board should do its homework and provide fact-based editorials that inform readers on important policy issues.Jonathan RosenSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcyMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crash Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionIn its editorial of Jan. 17, The Gazette Editorial Board once again joins the free market extremist chorus by claiming that the exodus of 190,000 New Yorkers in 2017 is due to the state’s “high” taxes and anti-business climate. These claims aren’t backed by any evidence. According to the National Movers Study, residents give four main reasons for moving out of state: To quote the study, “One in four say they’re leaving New York because of retirement, 5 percent cite health reasons and 18 percent cite lifestyle changes. Almost half say they leave for jobs, but more — 59 percent of inbound customers — say they move to New York for jobs. The largest age group of people who left New York were between the ages of 55 and 64, followed by those 65 and older.” Despite the large number leaving the state, there was a net gain of 104,000 in population in 2017.In New York City, there was an unprecedented 4.4 percent population growth between 2010 and 2016 according to U.S. Census data.The city hasn’t witnessed such an equivalent growth in population in half a century. This growth is primarily due to more births than deaths and immigration.last_img read more

Don’t turn over VHA to private interests

first_imgIn late March, the Trump administration fired Veterans Health Administration [VHA] Secretary David Shulkin. Trump attempted to replace Mr. Shulkin with Ronny Jackson, who withdrew his nomination on April 26 amidst allegations of drunkenness.  Dr. Shulkin had resisted efforts by wealthy corporate interests to accelerate privatizing the VHA, now more than 25 percent privatized, and, thus came under intense attacks from the privatizers, many of whom insist the public sector can do nothing correctly and the private sector everything well. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion One goal of the privatizers, who include the billionaire Koch brothers, is to destroy VHA labor unions. Another is to leave VHA workers, one-third of whom are veterans, with no rights. And, of course, the Kochs and their allies want to add to their stupendous wealth and power by profiteering from veterans’ health care.Federal workers and their rights are under intense attacks from Trump, many Republicans, some Democrats and the privatizers. The VHA has problems for sure, but with bipartisan and public support, these problems can be greatly reduced.  The VHA needs stable, competent leadership committed to keeping the VHA a public entity. It also needs greater staffing and higher salaries to attract and retain qualified workers to help reduce the wait time for veterans to get care.  Do we want to throw the veterans into the private health care system, where health insurance companies deny care to so many of us? Do we want VA facilities in our region to close?Tom EllisAlbanyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Leisure frenzy

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Bodnar to drive PACE cut-backs

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You scratch my back… says Ken

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Frontier plans industrial plot

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The last picture show

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John Lewis signs up in Cardiff and Leicester

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Colo.com space back on market

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Indonesian tourism could lose US$4 million amid coronavirus outbreak: Wishnutama

first_imgAbout 2 million Chinese tourists visit Indonesia per year, says Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama.Minister Wishnutama has estimated that Indonesia is at risk of losing about US$4 million as a result of flight cancellations to and from mainland China amid concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.“We still need to further assess [the possible losses]. But as we know, there are 2 million Chinese tourists in the country every year, each of whom spends an average of $1,400. It means we’ll probably lose about $4 million,” Wishnutama said after a private meeting at the Bogor Presidential Palace in Bogor, West Java, on Tuesday. Read also: [UPDATED] Suspected Wuhan coronavirus in Indonesia: What we know so farTo recoup the losses, he said the government would focus on attracting domestic tourists to popular destinations across Indonesia. The ministry planned to lobby a number of airlines to offer flight packages to domestic destinations, he added.“I, along with Transportation Minister [Budi Karya Sumadi], will discuss the matter with about 30 airlines that are probably able to reroute to domestic destinations and, therefore, support local tourism,” Wishnutama said.He said the government would entice domestic tourists to visit Bali, among other regions, as the island had already begun to report declining foreign tourist arrivals from China after the government decided to halt all flights to and from the East Asian country on Wednesday at midnight due to the coronavirus outbreak.Read also: Govt to lure more citizens to visit local destinations as tourism copes with virus fears“We have received reports of vacant rooms at otherwise popular hotels in Bali. However, we have yet to know [the full extent of the impact],” Wishnutama added.As of Wednesday, the coronavirus had killed 491 people in mainland China, one in Hong Kong and one in the Philippines and had spread to more than 20 countries, Johns Hopkins CSSE reported.Topics :last_img read more