Joe Mesi’s Plan for Change

26 Oct

The Mesi campaign’s official blog posts this today:

On Saturday at 11:30 in Amherst, State Senate Candidate Joe Mesi released his 18-page “Plan For Change: Specific New Ideas For Our Future” booklet with volunteers who were preparing to go knock on doors for Mesi despite the inclement weather. (You can view the online version here.)

Mesi’s book outlines his proposals to create new jobs and keep existing ones in WNY, provide real property tax relief, target investments in research and higher education, create a new energy economy, and reform Albany.

Speaking today, Mesi said, “A lot of people talk about change. Even my opponent is talking about change – which is ironic given that he’s been in office for 20 years. I feel an obligation to talk about some very specific ideas I have for our future. Voters deserve real substance, not just sound bites.”

Mesi added, “I want you to read my plan and talk about the issues. You might not agree with every detail, but you deserve to know where I stand. We need new leadership in Albany that believes in us and much as we believe in ourselves. New leadership that won’t give up. That won’t say cut – with a sledgehammer – but instead say use a scalpel, and, at the same time, invest in our strengths and believe in our future.”

The plan focuses on investment in high-tech and health care industries, such as Roswell Park and the Buffalo Medical Campus, demanding accountability from Empire Zone beneficiaries, lowering property taxes, ending tax breaks for companies that ship jobs out of state, and growing green industry. Mesi proposes initiating a property tax “circuit breaker” cap, which sets a ceiling of what percentage of your annual pay goes to property taxes. Most importantly, Mesi understands that unfunded Albany mandates are a massive, crushing burden on our county and local governments.

Mesi is also a proponent of UB 2020, which holds out the promise of UB as tomorrow’s regional economic engine for all of WNY. Read the whole thing. I don’t think I’ve recently seen any candidate put out as detailed a platform for forward-thinking change.

Meanwhile, Mesi’s opponent – who has spent 20 years in the county legislature and has not one. single. success. attributable to him during his tenure in that body – was for spending cuts before he was against them.

6 Responses to “Joe Mesi’s Plan for Change”

  1. Chris S. October 26, 2008 at 8:43 pm #

    Mesi is the guy we need for change in this district. I’ve lived in Amherst my whole life and I saw Ranzenhofer help run the county right into the ground. Good job Mike!

    I’ve made a blog to expose his hypocrisy and shady ties to downstate money. Check it out folks!

    http://wallstreetranzenhofer.wordpress.com

  2. The_other_mike October 26, 2008 at 9:02 pm #

    I read all 18 pages of the plan, and I didn’t read or hear anything that isn’t either already in progress (UB 2020, renewable energy, unfunded mandates, bio-sciences, health care reform, etc), or hasn’t already been proposed by other democrats running for office. This isn’t a problem, if he wasn’t claiming that this was ‘his plan’.

    I also wonder where he went to college. It says he is a local college grad and that he attended college in Buffalo, but it never states what school he attended.

    I am not a supporter of his opponent, but I have a difficult time getting behind Mesi. He seems to have a populist platform that is lacking in details. There are a lot of grand ideas but he fails to spell out “HOW” he will achieve any of these goals once he is in office.

    I am still on the fence on this race.

  3. Sammy October 26, 2008 at 9:30 pm #

    That may be. However Mike had 20 yrs to provide change and I dont think hes done anything. Thats why I lean Mesi.

  4. pirate's code October 26, 2008 at 9:35 pm #

    I guess if you use a big enough font and enough white space, you can make almost anything look like 18 pages.

    The other mike is correct — a lot of stuff that’s been talked about by a lot of people on both sides of the political aisle for months, or longer. Putting your name on a billion times doesn’t make it unique, and certainly doesn’t make it yours.

    Someone needs to remind him that his most of his “proposals” will cost serious money at a time when the state is bleeding red ink, and some of them are just silly. Building more windmills, for instance, will do nothing to lower the price of gasoline or electricity. Without govt. subsidy, wind energy right now is dramatically more costly than other forms of generation, so we are going to pay for it one way or the other.

  5. The_other_mike October 26, 2008 at 9:35 pm #

    Probably true… I just wish we had another choice.

  6. Lido October 27, 2008 at 1:50 pm #

    Joe Mesi’s “Plan for Change” is whatever his puppetmaster says it will be.

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