Sunday, June 12, 2016

WDT: Start Up NY Results Slow in Coming

   There's a natural hesitancy not to take on a program like Start Up New York.....Nobody wants to be against jobs, and as Alcoa and Climax showed, there is a  lot of pressure on pols to be seen doing something.
    Even though Climax failed for the usual reasons, I read lots of comments here shouting out the names of elected officials and asking why they didn't do something.
    Start Up is the current state initiative and I've been in meetings where the participants rolled their eyes at the details and protocols but concluded that is the current game and a locality doesn't want to be singled out by the people in Albany who keep score.  Locally a college like JCC has been on the spot to implement a program not understood or really supported.
     It's the Governor's brain child after all.
     So now, media accounts like this one suggest it's mostly nonsense and results dubious.
     But with 'jobs,jobs,jobs" the mantra from sea to shining sea, doing something is seen as better than letting market forces call the shots.
      The commercials are slick though.
http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/amid-delays-of-an-impending-report-north-country-lawmakers-college-officials-still-skeptical-of-start-up-ny--20160612

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Can you imagine if your livelihood depending on you making intelligent business decisions, EVER making the decision to do business in NY? Other than locating a retail branch there that was completely supported by the headquarters in another state. That is something Obama, Andy and our golf course hero have never had to do. The only businesses that locates here and stay here are family owned business. But even those don't stay forever. If Golisano wasn't a saint, he would rip up his Paychex headquarters and move it to Florida. But because he is such a nice guy, that probably won't happen until he dies.

Anonymous said...

Assemblywoman Russel had no problem agreeing with the Governor on this one. Where has she been lately? She might as well move to NYC and be done with the transformation. Not one of us!

Anonymous said...

We don't need StartupNY Elise is busy creating jobs here.

Anonymous said...

@8:32 AM
The funny thing is Golisano's company depends on complicated government rules and regulations to force his customers to come to him.