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Old 06-04-2012, 02:37 PM
Location: Inis Fada
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Originally Posted by BigMike50 View Post
Seriously your comparing Galax to L..I. I was up there running in the mountains ...perfect weather while I was training for my up coming triathlon.


Happy to hear you're up and running!
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Old 06-04-2012, 02:53 PM
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Originally Posted by ocngypz View Post
Another reason is the pull out/shutdowns of large industries which contributed to the greatly to the tax rolls - in essence subsidizing the community(ies) where they existed.

Just ask the folks in the North Shore School district about the LIPA decommissioning.
That's a huge issue. Companies will come here and set up a shop because they get tax credit for doing so, stay for a while, then when the credits run out so does the business.

We need to MAKE SOMETHING on Long Island (aside from wine and rich retired public workers), and your not going to do that slapping business around with nonsense rules, arbitrary building laws (which come and go), high taxes, and little in the way of infrastructure support.
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Old 06-04-2012, 07:36 PM
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LI is not going to be able to support a manufacturing base, not anymore. The areas of the country that still have industry pay their laborers poor wages with few benefits, and you simply can't afford to live here on that kind of money. An example, from an Ikea plant in Virginia that recently unionized due to poor working conditions:
Workers complained about low wages, discrimination, long working hours, eliminated raises, frenzied pace and mandatory overtime. Workers would find out on a Friday evening that they’d have to work a weekend shift, and there would be disciplinary action for workers who didn’t show up, Street said.

Fulltime workers in Danville start at $8 an hour with 12 vacation days, including 8 days set by the company. Europeans collect a minimum wage of about $19 an hour and the government mandates five weeks of paid vacation.
Good luck buying a house here on $8 an hour.
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