Periodically, we like to survey our members to take their collective temperature on issues important to the Westchester business community and taxpayer. Here's what people are thinking right now...
1. It was unanimous: Westchester must maintain its Triple A bond rating. We're glad to see that the Board of Legislators and the County Executive were in agreement with us on this important subject.
2. Our membership overwhelmingly felt that public sector employees should contribute to their health insurance premiums as they do elsewhere in the state. As Bill Harrington, WCA chairman, commented at the annual Breakfast with the County Executive: "This is not about demeaning the value of the work our public sector employees produce, which is excellent. This is about economic realities. The existing model doesn't work anymore; it's like the old Edsel. So, we need to advance reform in this area."
3. Regarding Westchester's 2012 budget, our members were pretty evenly split: 38% felt the budget achieved a good balance between cost-cutting and service delivery, while 40% believed spending was still too high and 12% felt spending was too low.
4. In ranking various issues in terms of importance to business, rising health insurance premiums was first on the list, followed by energy costs, access to credit, property tax reform and income tax reform.
5. The two most important tools, members said, that are most effective in fostering economic development: tax structure and financial incentives (80% of those polled); having an educated workforce was also important.
What do you think?
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