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  • If standing with the 99 percent gets me called a “traitor,” so be it.
    Posted in Op-Eds on November 3, 2017 | Preview rr

    When I read Governor Cuomo’s recent column regarding tax reform, I was disappointed to see his negative attitude toward lowering taxes for hardworking people. For far too long, people of the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes, and Western New York have been burdened with one of the highest tax bills in the country. Rather than join our efforts to provide tax relief for upstate families, the governor simply, and dishonestly, called me a traitor. Governor, it’s time to put down the sword and stand with a... Read more

  • The Dignity of Developing Our Workforce
    Posted in Op-Eds on June 30, 2017 | Preview rr

    I see it everywhere I go: We need better job opportunities in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes. People regularly tell me about how their children and grandchildren have left because they cannot find good jobs where they grew up. We need to help people get the training they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow. One path often overlooked are apprenticeships and jobs in the trades. President Trump recently highlighted the power of apprenticeships as a pathway to fulfilling careers. “American c... Read more

  • Obama's Middle Class Trap
    Posted in Op-Eds on May 24, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs

    Middle class families are trapped by President Obama’s economic policies. The jaws of the trap consist of our $19 trillion national debt on one claw, and the impending return of inflation on the other, with middle class families stuck in the middle. The likelihood of the trap snapping shut dramatically increases as inflation-driven costs rise. This is yet another reason why I am concerned about the recent decision by multiple states, from New York to California, to raise their state minimum wage... Read more

  • Do you approve or disapprove of Congressman Tom Reed's work as your representative?
    Posted in Op-Eds on November 11, 2015 | Preview rr

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  • It’s Time to Restart Greenidge
    Posted in Op-Eds on October 27, 2015 | Preview rr

    We recently received some exciting news: the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) found that the Greenidge Power Generation Station’s application for restart meets all state requirements. This is an important step toward restarting the power plant and brining good-paying jobs back to Yates County. I care about creating jobs, growing our economy, and ensuring that our families and businesses have access to affordable sources of electricity. That is why we joined with a br... Read more

  • Defending Private Property Rights
    Posted in Op-Eds on June 23, 2015 | Preview rr

    Since our country was founded, private property has served as a cornerstone of our freedoms. The fundamental right to private property, guaranteed by the Constitution, is based on the principle that government should not unreasonably interfere with the use of one’s property. In the Declaration of Colonial Rights, the First Continental Congress explicitly stated that, “[Americans] are entitled to life, liberty, and property, and they have never ceded to any sovereign power… a right to dispose of ... Read more

  • Ten Years after Kelo Decision, Private Property Rights Increasingly Threatened by Eminent Domain Abuse
    Posted in Op-Eds on June 23, 2015 | Preview rr

    Since our country was founded, private property ownership has served as a cornerstone of our freedoms. The constitutional right to private property is based on the principle that government should not unreasonably interfere with the use of one’s property. In the Declaration of Colonial Rights, the First Continental Congress explicitly stated that, “[Americans] are entitled to life, liberty, and property, and they have never ceded to any sovereign power… a right to dispose of either without their... Read more

  • Trade Works for the Southern Tier
    Posted in Op-Eds on June 8, 2015 | Preview rr

    Last week, more than 100 regional manufacturers, colleges, and job creation and training non-profits joined me as I hosted a manufacturing summit at Jamestown Community College in Jamestown, NY. We brought them together to discuss ways to expand business opportunities and create local manufacturing jobs through trade. Many of the discussions that I heard during the summit confirmed that world trade is nothing short of vital for the economy of Western New York. Trade means access to new markets a... Read more

  • As we move forward in the 114th Congress, what issues do you think Congress should address?
    Posted in Op-Eds on January 31, 2015 | Preview rr

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  • Re-establish US as Global Manufacturing Epicenter
    Posted in Op-Eds on June 26, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs

    About 400 miles, one well-traveled border, and a healthy dose of political differences separate Western New York and Southeastern Massachusetts. What they share is a proud commitment to American manufacturing -- a critical piece in this country’s long-term economic recovery efforts. Supporting domestic manufacturing is a priority that leaders on both sides of the aisle stand squarely behind. Across the United States, historic industrial epicenters from the Northeast to the Midwest aren’t shying ... Read more