Over the last week, the editorial board of The Buffalo News met with policy-makers and leaders and researched, analyzed and debated issues affecting this community. Here's a summary of the week's editorials, which can be read in full on our Web pages:
Sunday: The News' editorial board supported President Obama's directive to review federal regulations with an eye to eliminating those that unnecessarily hinder job creation. It called on him to ensure that the early research is followed up by action.
Monday: The lead editorial supported a measure passed by the State Senate to cap state spending as a way to force responsible decision-making in Albany. A second editorial endorsed a tax deal that gives AES Corp. -- Niagara County's biggest taxpayer -- a break on its taxes but allows them to rise again when economic circumstances restore vitality to the electricity-generating plant.
Tuesday: The day's lead editorial observed that Obama will have to reconcile competing demands -- such as reviving the economy and cutting deficits -- during that night's State of the Union speech. A second editorial called upon congressional Republicans to produce a new health reform plan that Obama will sign.
Wednesday: In assessing Obama's third State of the Union speech, we focused on his economic prescription of a five-year freeze on all discretionary spending. That is where political conflict will arise, the editorial said, observing that Obama is well placed to balance the demands of the left and the right. A second editorial observed that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's plan to lay off 10,000 state employees won't be enough to deal with a $10 billion budget deficit.
Thursday: We observed that, in refusing to abide by a vote of the Common Council, Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown has apparently taken a page from the playbook of Erie County Executive Chris Collins. The dispute over Nevilly Court, a proposed $1.8 million South Buffalo athletic complex, requires statesmanship, not brinkmanship. A second editorial praised the selection of Rosalyn L. Taylor to replace Vivian O. Evans on the Buffalo School Board.
Friday: We celebrated the next phase of the slow but necessary work of returning cars to Main Street in downtown Buffalo. The next phase, in the 600 block, between Tupper and Chippewa streets, is beginning and the hope is that combined with private investment and waterfront development, Main Street will once again thrive.