Unshackle Upstate survey finds businesses are pessimistic about 2020 in New York

Businesses surveyed by Unshackle Upstate reported the main concerns for them heading into the 2020 legislative session are, in a way, evergreen ones: Taxes, mandates and state spending.

The group on Monday released a survey of 100 businesses in New York on the issues affecting them in this year’s session of the Legislature and what might be coming down the road in 2020.

For this year, businesses cheered the permanent extension of the state’s cap on property tax increases. They were not pleased with a measure designed to fight climate change by shifting the state to renewable sources of energy in the coming decades.

A majority of the businesses surveyed were pessimistic about the coming session, and a similar majority said they knew of someone who has left the state for better economic opportunities.

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