The Rochester Institute of Technology hosted manufacturers and business leaders this week in Rochester. They want the state to help smooth their way, and they targeted taxes.
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Energy prices, too much regulation, and a lack of trained workers: these are the biggest challenges facing manufacturers in upstate New York according to one of the panelists.
Brian Sampson of the Unshackle Upstate business coalition said manufacturing is critically important to the upstate economy and New York needs to do more to make a business friendly environment.
“What we need here in New York state is an understanding that the business community is not the enemy,” he said. “The best way that we can fix our economy is to create more jobs. The easiest way to do that is you reduce the tax burden.”
The Metals Service Center Institute organized Monday's summit, and the Institute’s CEO and President Bob Weidner says manufacturers in the U.S aren’t on a level playing field with the rest of the world.
Weidner said regulations like EPA initiatives for clean energy could raise electricity pricing, making manufacturers less competitive.
He also said there are different rules in place for international competitors, including China, and this continues to work against U.S companies.
Panelists say the issue remains a challenge for whoever is sitting in the Oval Office come November 7.