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November 18, 2010


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"Private-sector jobs are flushed away, especially in already depressed central and western New York."

That statement assumes that private sector jobs in those regions (as well as Northern NY) hadn't been flushed away for quite sometime.


Mixed messages here, it seems. You praise Paterson for his spending restraint. But then you blast the feds for not giving us enough rail money, which would’ve encouraged us to spend more. I seriously doubt that any significant rail projects could be done without some input of state money, no matter how much federal cash came in.

Bob Conner

The point is it matters a lot what kind of stimulus aid the feds send. Getting a fair share of badly needed money for infrastructure (e.g. rail, but also highway projects like the Tappan Zee Bridge, and sewers and so on) is vital. But it is not helpful for the feds to send money enabling school districts to keep spending the way they have been (like drunken sailors), in effect negating Paterson's cuts.

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This blog is by Bob (Robert C.) Conner, a longtime journalist and author of the 2018 novel "The Last Circle of Ulysses Grant" published by Square Circle Press, and a 2013 biography "General Gordon Granger" published by Casemate. He is currently writing a biography of the Kansas abolitionist Col. James Montgomery. His Civil War blog can be found at robertcconnerauthor.blogspot.com
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