2012 ISSUE SURVEY RESULTSFEDERAL ISSUES:1) HOW DO YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR POSITION ON THE INCREASING   LEVELS OF FEDERAL SPE...
c) Restructure public employee benefits to more closely align such benefits         with comparable private sector benefit...
REGIONAL ISSUES:8) SHOULD EXISTING RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE ADIRONDACK/NORTH COUNTRY   REGION CONTINUE TO BE PRESERVED A...
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The North Country Chamber of Commerce has released the results of its Annual Issue Survey, including its annual Business Confidence Index, revealing continued business optimism for the year ahead along with a strong call for further government and spending reforms in both Albany and Washingto

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  1. 1. 2012 ISSUE SURVEY RESULTSFEDERAL ISSUES:1) HOW DO YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR POSITION ON THE INCREASING LEVELS OF FEDERAL SPENDING AND DEBT? a) I am very concerned. Federal spending and debt must be decreased ..93% b) Im supportive. I think it is necessary for the economy ....................... 7%2) THE PRESIDENT AND CONGRESS SHOULD DO THE FOLLOWING TO SUPPORT ECONOMIC RECOVERY, GROWTH AND JOB CREATION: a) Reduce federal spending .............................................................. ................89% b) Reduce mandates and regulations on employers .............................. ................89% c) Tax relief for businesses and job creation ........................................ ................81% d) Changes in Social Security and Medicare for future recipients ....................... 35% e) Tax increases on business and higher income families to support higher federal spending .................................................. ..............................................8% f) Higher federal spending on federal programs .............. .....................................4% g) Stronger government involvement in private business .....................................2% h) New benefit and pay mandates on employers .................................. ................2%NEW YORK STATE ISSUES:3) NEW YORK STATE CONTINUES TO FACE BUDGETARY AND FINANCIAL CHALLENGES FOR 2012 AND BEYOND. WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING STEPS DO YOU SUPPORT? (CHECK ALL THAT YOU AGREE WITH):? a) Consolidate state agencies and their back-office operations .............. ..........94% b) Reduce costly mandates on schools districts and local governments ............90%1|Page
  2. 2. c) Restructure public employee benefits to more closely align such benefits with comparable private sector benefits, particularly in such high cost areas as health insurance and pensions ................................ .........................85% d) Enact a new Tier VI public pension law for new state employees in the future that includes a defined contribution option...................................................... 82% e) Enact permanent cost-saving reforms in major state programs such as Medicaid ...... ..................................................................................................68% f) Reductions in state taxes and fees .................................................................66% g) Increases in state taxes and fees ....................................................................2% h) Increase state mandates on employers and job creation in New York State 1%4) SHOULD THE STATE LEGISLATURE SEND A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ALLOWING STATE APPROVED CASINOS TO STATE VOTERS FOR A PUBLIC REFERENDUM?: a) Yes ........................................................................................................73% b) No .........................................................................................................27%5) DO YOU SUPPORT SIGNIFICANT MANDATE RELIEF FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND SCHOOL DISTRICTS AS THE NEXT STEP IN CONTROLLING PROPERTY TAXES, FOLLOWING LAST YEARS ENACTMENT OF A PROPERTY TAX CAP?: a) Yes .......................................................................................................96% b) No ........................................................................................................ 4%6) DO YOU SUPPORT STATE REGULATORY RELIEF AND SIMPLIFICATION TO HELP REDUCE COSTS AND TIME DELAYS AND TO CREATE A REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT THAT IS LESS ADVERSARIAL?: a) Yes................................................................................................................ 98% b) No................................................................................................................. 2%7) OVERALL, WHICH TWO STATE ISSUES ARE YOUR TOP PRIORITIES THIS YEAR? (PLEASE CHECK ONLY TWO): #1: Reduce state mandates which cause higher property taxes #2: State regulatory relief and simplification #3: Reduce state spending and taxes2|Page
  3. 3. REGIONAL ISSUES:8) SHOULD EXISTING RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE ADIRONDACK/NORTH COUNTRY REGION CONTINUE TO BE PRESERVED AND USED IN SUPPORT OF FUTURE TOURISM AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT? (Examples: Tahawus railway from North Creek and Adirondack Railroad from Utica to Lake Placid): a) Yes............................................................................................................. 90% b) No.............................................................................................................. 10%BUSINESS CONFIDENCE INDEX - -9) WHAT IS YOUR GENERAL 2012 OUTLOOK FOR EACH OF THE FOLLOWING IN COMPARISON WITH 2011? YOUR SALES/BUSINESS ACTIVITY: 69% UP 22% NO CHANGE 91% BUSINESS CONFIDENCE INDEX YOUR EMPLOYMENT: 21% UP 6% DOWN 73% NO CHANGE NEW YORK STATE ECONOMY: 38% UP 17% DOWN 44% NO CHANGE3|Page

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