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Bisso campaign objects to summary


Karen Bisso's Assembly campaign thinks I unfairly summarized her thoughts on the minimum wage.
Campaign manager Russ Finley is also objecting to the fact that my story included two paragraphs about Democratic candidate Tim Carpenter, while she only got one.
Anyway, in the interest of full disclosure, I'll let you be the judge.
Here's what I wrote: "Karen M. Bisso, the Conservative Party candidate, has said she does not support increasing the minimum wage because it would make the state unattractive for perspective employers."
Here's what she said in an email about whether she'd support the minimum wage being increased:
"No. Minimum wage is designed for entry level and unskilled jobs. It is supposed to be for first time jobs and it is not now nor has ever been meant to feed a family. It is where people get job skills and necessary experience to move to a better position. Sadly, it is being seen and used for other reasons. What we really need to look at is what is making NY unattractive to employers which offer good paying jobs. We need to change NY's reputation of being an expensive business unfriendly state. New York must DECREASE its property tax burden (through Medicaid reform, either in baby steps or with a huge leap) and work hard at producing a predictable regulatory climate. Businesses need to know that cash is available when necessary for expansion (not grant money delivered off the backs of tax paying New Yorkers). Schools need to be more prepared to place skilled employees into the work force. And New York must embrace technology in order to entice new businesses into this state. That is the real message."

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