The cashless tolling ‘Catch-22’

Cashless tolling should save money for taxpayers over time and reduce traffic congestion on more heavily-traveled roads and bridges. But you need to play by the rules or risk owing big fines.

Is Rochester ready for e-scooters?

Convenient, efficient and fun to ride, e-scooters are probably in our future. But adding them to the Rochester roadway could compound the transportation problem.

Opportunity Zones: Will this time be different?

The history of place-based economic development is not particularly encouraging. When tax incentives are employed, they can be poorly targeted, reducing the tax liability of the prosperous while conferring little benefit on people in need.

Don’t blame the Electoral College

The “winner take all” system for guiding the votes of a state’s electors is responsible for most of difference between the national popular vote and the Electoral College result. The blame, however, rests with the states, not the Constitution.

Where you stand depends on where you sit

A New York State Legislature wholly controlled by downstate interests won’t stop sending education aid Upstate or close the state parks. But the “where you stand depends on where you sit” aphorism holds a lot of truth.