CEJ In the News: 2011

Business subsidies opposed

The Buffalo News, December 21, 2012.  Representatives from the Getting Our Money’s Worth coalition attended the County of Monroe Industrial Development board meeting, demanding it revoke the tax subsidy given to VWR Education/Ward’s Natural Sciences because it says the company is consolidating and downsizing, not expanding. The group said VWR is engaging job shifting within a region instead of fulfilling the subsidy’s purpose of new job creation.

Coalition opposes transit cuts

The Buffalo News, By Robert J. McCarthy, December 16, 2011. A coalition of local and statewide groups has registered the loudest opposition yet to major service cuts proposed for Metro Bus and Rail and expected to be officially adopted Monday.

Report: NY scores low on economic development subsidies

Politics on the Hudson, By Jon Campbell, December 14, 2011.  The state’s economic development subsidies don’t do enough to stimulate the economy and create good jobs, according to a Washington, D.C.-based think tank.

New York received a D from Good Jobs Now in the group’s annual report card, which was released today. That places the state in a tie for 43rd in the country…

Partnership for the Public Good unveils 10 priorities for 2012

The Buffalo News, By Mark Sommer, December 9, 2011.  Regionalizing economic development, reducing residents’ exposure to toxic chemicals, using publicly owned vacant land to improve quality of life and reducing public transit costs were among 10 priorities for 2012 presented Thursday by the Partnership for the Public Good…

Duane Diggs: President, VOICE-Buffalo

Get to know a Buffalonian… Duane Diggs: President, VOICE-Buffalo As president of VOICE-Buffalo, Dunae Diggs has earned a reputation for calm, deliberate, but steadfast activism on behalf of the community he represents. We asked him to talk about some of …

Advocates Hunt For Missing Jobs Plan

Buffalo Rising, June 22, 2011. Community, faith and labor leaders held rallies and press conferences in five cities around the state to protest the use of taxpayer dollars to subsidize projects that do not create good jobs or broader community benefits. As part of the statewide Getting Our Money’s Worth campaign, advocates gathered at wasteful development projects in their local communities, highlighted a new report, Seizing the Moment: How Regional Economic Development Councils Can Build a Good Jobs Economy, and called on state leaders to create a good jobs plan that improves upon current economic development outcomes.

Coalition releases missing jobs plan

YNN, By Ryan Burgess, June 21, 2011. The “Getting Our Money’s Worth” coalition had a message Tuesday for local and statewide lawmakers… The coalition released a new report Tuesday, urging lawmakers to stop corporate tax breaks and form better job creation programs on a community level.

Big summer plans for Buffalo’s waterfront

WIVB, By Al Vaughters, Posted by: Eli George, March 15, 2011. Volunteers from a citywide work group are surveying the Buffalo River to see how it fits into plans for developing Buffalo’s waterfront. The first signs of new development is a new boathouse for high school rowing teams and a new park nearby with a $40 million river cleanup project just months away.

Appointment with destiny

Crain’s New York Business, By Erik Engquist, Daniel Massey and Jeremy Smerd, January 30, 2011. Gov. Andrew Cuomo may not have appointed Kenneth Adams… as head of the Empire State Development Corp. last week if former Brooklyn Heights Councilman David Yassky had been more successful in a run for higher office.

County must demand prevailing wage rates

BuffaloNews.com, By Josh Mumm, January 11, 2011. When it comes to quality job requirements like prevailing rate, Collins simply does not have his facts straight. According to a Business First article, the tax-exemptions given by the ILDC create savings of 50 percent or more on development projects. That same article cites Collins claiming that “prevailing wage costs will dwarf savings.” He must not be aware of the fact that extensive research shows prevailing wages only minimally increasing project costs if at all. In other words, savings from exemptions dwarf prevailing wage costs.