CREATE AND SUPPORTGOOD JOBS
Leverage New York State’s spendingpower to promote economic development
The state’s current approach to economic development is haphazard,expensive and ineffective. Economic development programs have notsustained long-term growth across the state, nor have they been adequatelytargeted to support those employers and industries that can create jobs thatlift workers out of poverty and into the middle class.
The state must reassess its economic development agenda and how itawards ﬁnancial incentives to businesses. More immediately:
Development Agency (IDA) reform.
Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) and to state-ﬁnancedaffordable housing.
investing in training for workers to improve energy efﬁcient buildingoperations and maintenance practices.
STATE SUBSIDIES MUST CREATE GOOD JOBS
“I have traveled all over in order to work. Millwrights work in power plants and oilreﬁneries and on big construction sites. When there’s union work, it pays well andI get health insurance, pension and other beneﬁts.“When I heard that CVS was building a huge distribution center about 10 milesfrom here on I-86, I thought I’d get good work there, building the conveyors andracks, setting up the robotics. But it turned out that the contractor was nonunionfrom North Carolina, even though I know that CVS got tax breaks from New YorkState and IDA money.“When I worked on the site, they provided none of the necessary safety equipment.I had to supply my own helmet, safety harness, safety glasses, welding gloves andwelding leather. And only a few of the 40-50 workers on the site were from nearby.The rest were brought in from out of state.“This is where I was born and raised myself. My wife is a nurse. She’s making themortgage payments now, about $1,000 a month. But we’re expecting our ﬁrst childin December—and there’s no work near here that will support my family. Thatdoesn’t seem right.”
For a detailed description of 32BJ’s legislative and policy goals regardingeconomic development, see page 12.
Joseph Templeapprenticed for ﬁve years to becomea millwright, a highlyskilled trade requiredin the constructionof industrialmachinery and precision mechanics.He and his wife areexpecting their ﬁrstchild in December,but there’s no worknear their home inLockwood, N.Y.
Good Jobs, Strong Economy
A State That Works