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From the monthly archives: July 2015

We are pleased to present below all posts archived in 'July 2015'. If you still can't find what you are looking for, try using the search box.

On 421-a, choose special interests or affordable housing

Mayor Bill de Blasio is right to make affordable housing an integral component of his policy agenda. His ambitious goal of creating 80,000 affordable housing units and preserving another 120,000 is laudable. But he faces major obstacles, not the least of which is incentivizing developers to build the units. Read the rest of entry »

Trades provide a good pathway into the future

Former New York City Mayor and billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg made some comments earlier this year that raised some eyebrows. He suggested that going to trade school to be a plumber was likely a better economic choice than going to college to receive an undergraduate degree. In fact, he actually went a step further and said that for the average person, becoming a plumber is probably a better deal than going to Harvard. Read the rest of entry »

SUNY Binghamton Should Avoid Anti-Competitive, Costly Project Labor Agreement

While there are numerous upsides, there is at least one potential pitfall on this project: As has become fairly standard with SUNY construction projects, there is a rumored study being done to determine the feasibility of a Project Labor Agreement or PLA. Read the rest of entry »

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