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Gov't, nonprofit jobs a poor tax base

Seth Forman, a regional planner for the Long

Seth Forman, a regional planner for the Long Island Regional Planning Council, prepares for the 2010 Census report. Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Regarding "Who we are and how we live" [News, Dec. 15], a key component of the solution to our residential tax burden can be found in this: The most common work industries on Long Island are identified as education, health care and social assistance. What do these three industries have in common? Not one dollar in corporate income tax flows into government coffers as a result! How can our quality of life be sustained when our "industrial base" consists of governments and nonprofits?

Government at the state, county and town levels must coordinate their efforts to encourage income tax-paying businesses to relocate and expand on Long Island.

Robert G. Harrison



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