Rochester Senator Joe Robach on hand as Sandy Parker of the Rochester Business Alliance and Unshackle Upstate introduced their New ERA Five Point Plan for Upstate this week. This plan outlines ways to combat high unemployment rates and burdensome taxes. Senator Joe Robach and his colleagues in the NYS Senate and have already included some of these points in last year’s Blueprint for Jobs Plan, and look forward to working with Unshackle Upstate to continue to renew job growth and business development in New York State.

According to Rochester City Newspaper:

During a press conference this morning at the Rochester Business Alliance offices, Unshackle Upstate executive director Brian Sampson said that fracking could create 12,000 to 15,000 jobs in the Southern Tier. And a press release from Unshackle says that fracking would generate approximately $78 million for the state in 2014-15. (The job creation figures and economic benefits of fracking are often viewed skeptically, in part because many of the jobs go to workers from outside the areas where drilling is happening.)
“We think it’s time for New York to get off the dime and develop the Marcellus Shale through hydraulic fracturing,” Sampson said.
Unshackle Upstate is also calling for:

-A 25 percent reduction in income taxes for upstate residents making less than $50,000 a year;
-Phasing out the corporate franchise tax by 2018;
-Halving the state sales tax in upstate counties that have high unemployment rates and declining populations;
-Eliminating the 18a energy assessment for upstate manufacturers — a move that would lead to slightly cheaper energy costs for manufacturing businesses.