Archive for November, 2013
The Governor was in Buffalo yesterday, unveiling plans for a new state-funded green energy research facility.
The idea is interesting: the state will pay $225 million to construct a six-building research campus on a former brownfield on the Buffalo River. They will retain ownership of the buildings and much of the equipment inside, but will allow private companies to use them. Construction is expected to be complete in eighteen months, with hiring of roughly 850 jobs to be completed a year after that.
Plans for a filling station by Frank Lloyd Wright have finally been built.
I’ve always said that if there’s one thing missing from the average gas station, it’s a fireplace.
Delaware North, one of Buffalo’s oldest and most successful private corporations, feels that they have outgrown their current headquarters in Key Tower. They are looking to move a few blocks west, to a new corporate headquarters built by Uniland. And the two of them are asking for a whole bunch of tax breaks to make the numbers work. In particular, they really need an extra ten million to build a parking ramp on a street with bike lanes, which is a couple of blocks from the Metro Rail stop.
Because, you see, the taxes in this state are so high that there’s no way to compete with other cities to land these big corporations. So if you’re big enough to have leverage, you get to offload your tax burden onto all of the citizens and smaller businesses instead. Of course, this means that they’ll have to pay more in taxes… but that’s okay, we can just give even bigger tax cuts to the big fish the next time someone threatens to leave.
This is all insane.