Fight for the right

June 13, 2013 05:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Saugerties was founded as a mill and mining town. IBM provided thousands of jobs for the post-war middle class. For a long time, the economy didn’t need any help from local government. But that’s no longer the case: watching last week’s Republican Meet the Candidates night, one could be forgiven for mistaking the panel for a right-leaning economic development think tank. Again and again, candidates returned to the same theme: Saugerties needs to attract new business to broaden the tax base and create jobs so the next generation can make a life here. That means wooing prospective businesses through networking, marketing, tax breaks, designating someone to shepherd businesses through the review process, scaling back regulations — whatever it takes to convince a business to set up shop on Kings Highway or Malden Turnpike instead of someplace else offering a better deal. (Indeed, candidates and party members often look to low-tax, low-regulation southern states as role models, citing former Saugertiesians who abandoned their hometowns in high-tax New York for tax-lax Dixie.)
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