Back in the 1950s, there was a saying: “What is good for General Motors is good for America.” While times may have changed, that saying remains true when it comes to manufacturing and assessing its positive impact on our state’s economy. What is good for manufacturing is good for New York and the middle class. Manufacturing is a critical but often overlooked component of our economy. Just consider these facts on the importance of our manufacturing sector:
MANUFACTURING JOBS BUILT THE MIDDLE CLASS
Manufacturing jobs are the jobs that built the middle class, not only in New York, but all across America. If we want to grow jobs and the middle class, then we need to grow manufacturing. I know this because prior to entering public service, I was President of Refractron Technologies and co-founder of the North American Filter Corporation. I also have served as Chair of our Assembly Minority Conference’s Manufacturing Task Force and traveled statewide to hear directly from manufacturing CEOs, managers and front-line employees about what state government could do to stop hurting and start helping.
Our Assembly Minority Conference and I realize how tough it is to run a manufacturing business, or any business, in New York State. Our employers pay some of the nation’s highest property and personal income taxes, energy, transportation, legal, pension and workers’ comp costs. This puts them at a decided economic disadvantage with competitors in other states.
ASSEMBLY MINORITY MANUFACTURING PRESERVATION AND ENHANCEMENT LEGISLATIVE AGENDA
This past Tuesday, the Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY) invited me to speak as part of its “Manufacturing Day” event in Albany. During my remarks, I told attendees that our Conference is at the forefront of advancing real solutions to preserve, protect and strengthen manufacturing. As evidence of this, I highlighted parts of our Conference’s Manufacturing Preservation and Enhancement Legislative Agenda, key provisions of which include the following:
These are some of the public policies our Conference is advancing to assist manufacturers. If our economy is going to recover and we are going to get the over 800,000 New Yorkers who are out of work back to work, it begins with rebuilding our manufacturing base.
SAVE THE DATES FOR MY TOWN HALL MEETINGS NEXT WEEK
ONTARIO COUNTY TOWN HALL MEETING: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16
6:00 – 6:45 pm, at the Canandaigua Town Hall, 5440 Routes 5&20 West, Canandaigua
ONTARIO COUNTY TOWN HALL MEETINGS: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17
6:00 – 6:45 pm, at the Geneva Town Hall, 3750 County Road 6, Geneva
7:00 – 7:45 pm, at the Manchester Town Hall, Highway Garage, 1272 County Road 7, Clifton Springs
As always, constituents wishing to discuss this topic, or any other state-related matter, should contact my district office at (315) 781-2030, or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You also can follow me on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and informational updates regarding state government and our Assembly Minority Conference.