The governorís State of the State Address marks the beginning of the 2012 Legislative Session, and priority number one is job creation. The governor has committed $1 billion to a multi-year economic development plan in the city of Buffalo and surrounding communities that will transform Western New Yorkís economy. When coupled with the $100 million awarded to the regionís economic development council last month, it appears that Western New York is finally being treated as the economic engine we all know it can be.
In addition, state government can do a number of things to spur job growth in Western New York, most importantly, mandate relief and eliminating overregulation. Unfunded mandates handed down to localities by state government force taxes higher and higher each year, which has led to the mass exodus of business owners and job creators New York has experienced over the last decade. Furthermore, 49,000 pages of state regulations have buried small business and accelerated the loss of jobs in Western New York. By eliminating these two problematic areas, Western New York will be poised for a successful 2012.