Built on hard work, honest labor, and innovation, we are a network of shop keepers, farmers, construction workers, teachers, engineers, innovators.
Despite decades of government policy that has stacked the deck against working men and women, we’ve remained committed to supporting our neighbors and building our communities. We’ve seen small businesses lost to national corporations, careers that support families replaced by low wage jobs, making it impossible to get ahead, all while the wealth continues the shift to the top. In an age of automation, off-shoring, and short-sighted trade deals, we need a new economy strengthened from the ground up. I commit to work tirelessly on solutions that strengthen our foundations and build local economies that are sustainable into the future.
Here’s a framework for how we will do it:
A. Supporting and/or Proposing Legislation to Improve the Infrastructure Needed to Advance Regional Economies
1. Transport infrastructure from bridges to highways and with consideration for rapidly approaching technology including autonomous driving vehicles.
2. Community infrastructure such as water supply and treatment.
3. Resource infrastructure through projects such as the Southern Tier Network which seeks to expand fiber optic networks and community broadband.
4. Incentivize / prioritize integration of renewables in projects, relegating fossil-fuel sources to stabilizing rather than expanding.
a. Incentivize actuating these grids and keeping profits local through extending dedicated support for Solar Investment Tax Credits and net-metering.
5. Increased support to entities working through solutions to hurdles such as multi-phase grids, energy storage solutions, and mechanisms to reduce excessive consumption.
a. Support of programs such as ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy) which provides funds for energy researchers to bring emerging energy technologies to market.
i. Support with funding from institution of a Carbon Tax.
6. Consideration of locally generated and municipally-owned energy and micro-grids to keep energy investment local and output consistent.
B. Investing and Innovating Regional Economies Built for 2040
1. Incentives to assist locally-owned and operated manufacturers and start ups.
a. Incentivize manufacturers to locate or return to the US.
i. Allowance of US companies to bring overseas profits back at reduced rates if investing a significant portion into expanding local payrolls and increasing physical capacity and infrastructure.
b. Tax incentives to locally-owned start ups.
c. Grant provisions for businesses agreeing to Living Wage standards, both existing and new businesses wishing to increase wages if below profit thresholds.
d. Grant provisions for the stabilization and renovation of downtown buildings, both commercial and residential, favoring historic architecture and design where possible and through proven pathways such as Historic Tax Credits.
e. Increase funding to the Manufacturing Extension Project.
i. Supporting this nationwide network that’s proven effective in assisting manufacturers in creating and retaining jobs, increasing profits, and becoming more efficient.
A. Currently centers in network are located in Buffalo and Binghamton but it would be great to add a supported network location in D23.
2. Creation of District Planners tasked with facilitating business planning, negotiating startup and ongoing regulations, and access to funding pathways such as Microenterprise loans, and organizations such as the Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development and Southern Tier Central.
3. Increased support for the Federal funding programs rebuilding our communities and expanding business opportunities:
a. Housing and Community Development Act’s Community Development Block Grant Programs.
i. More effective than offering tax credits to startups is the establishment and support of Resource-based and community-approved business-development corridors.
A. Partnerships creating the Southern Tier Research and Innovation corridor via linking incubators such as REV, high tech companies including Corning Inc. and Lockheed Martin, and Universities such as Cornell.
B. Cultivation of agricultural networks of shared resources with Federal USDA support.
b. Increased support for programs such as Loan Development Corporations which have been successful in providing needed funding and support to business start-ups.
c. Increased support for regional organizations such as the Appalachian Regional Commission which has provided funding for worker training, jobs, and infrastructure improvements across Southern Tier counties in District 23.
4. Federal support of community – private partnerships such as:
a. The Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council.
b. Small Business Innovative Research program as an example of multi-agency collaboration with proven effectiveness bringing high-growth startups to market. With federal funding from pathways such as the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Defense, this collaboration has brought millions of dollars into the Southern Tier annually.
c. Support for pathways such as the 76 West Clean Energy competition and promotion of high-tech and innovative technology companies which are incentivized to remain in the Southern Tier.
C. Advocate for Free Fair-Trade Policies.
1. Working to raise the living standards of and economies of trade partners through a focus on fair trade and thus putting American workers on a more level playing and working field with more competitive wages and workplace conditions on both sides of the trade borders.
2. Trade policies must prioritize worker’s rights including the right to organize, both domestically and abroad, authorized by Congress, and not giveaways to Corporations maximizing profits.
3. Tax incentives and funding grants provided to developers only if using local labor (where possible) with prevailing living wages.
4. Support the 1933 Buy America Act for federal purchasing and supply resources.
5. Not allowing trade agreements which permit Investor State Dispute Resolutions which weaken the autonomy of nations domestic and abroad, local economies, and worker rights.
D. Support for immigration reform as a fundamental component of the Southern Tier and western NY economies. From Vineyards to Dairy Farms, graduate research to high-tech startups, not only is immigration reform necessary for the protection of all American’s civil liberties, but so-to is it necessary for the economies of our region.
1. Creation of a legal and safe guest-worker program which is employer and employee driven based on the realties for our businesses on the ground in D23.
E. Incentives and funding to bring existing businesses up to environmental code and standards with penalties for not maintaining those levels going forward.
1. Re-strengthen the EPA and empower it to:
a. Protect the air and water critical to the health of our families, businesses, and economies through mandated consideration and disclosure of project emissions and methods of mitigation including Methane.
b. Assist businesses in coming up to environmental regulations, and enforcing penalties for those who do not remain in compliance.
F. Job Guarantee
1. If we’re to confront the visions for an economy of 2040 where automation and increased efficiencies have significantly reduced workforce demand, we must begin actively discussing Job Guarantees with livable wages tied to indexes.
a. Jobs to be administered by States and locales with federal wages paid directly to workers.
b. Should sync with state of economies, bringing employment rates to a target of 3% unemployment, not siphoning from the private sector, but rather increasing demand and with multipliers rippling into local private economies.
c. Areas of work must be within functional and lasting areas such as infrastructure improvement.