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Small business, economic development, housing, manufacturing, and employment stories from across upstate New York.

ITHACASH

In a quiet second floor office on the Ithaca Commons, Ithacash founder Scott Morris and staffer Béline Falzon sit on opposite ends of the table with laptops open as they fold sheets of paper into thirds. The two are preparing maps for “The Holiday Hunger Game”-- a treasure hunt created by the regional currency start-up and designed for shoppers to support downtown Ithaca businesses during the holidays.

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Good day care can be hard to find, especially in rural areas. Low population density means commercial day care center are rare, so a lot of parents rely on smaller child cares run out of peoples' homes. In one New York county, those family run establishments are disappearing.

Teri Brogdale lives on a quiet street, near the edge of town. But inside, her house is pretty lively — she runs a day care called Teri's Little Angels.

Brogdale's been at this for almost 23 years. But now, she's getting out of the day care business — she's ready to retire.

With some successes but little political momentum, organized labor and low wage workers are continuing to call for a $15 minimum wage. 

Brittany Buffman once earned minimum wage in a job at the dining halls of Syracuse University. She says union efforts to pump pay the college allowed her and her husband to buy a house and raise a family.

Sen. Charles Schumer says increasing the amount of federal funding available as grants for sewer repairs and upgrades will make the work more affordable for local governments.

Last year New York was only allowed to give out $10 million in federal money as grants to towns villages for sewer projects. The rest had to be given as loans.

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As the deadline to pass the state's budget approaches, Governor Cuomo defends his proposal against criticism.

In an address to the Rochester Rotary the governor laid out some of the specifics, focusing on upstate revitalization and economic development.

The New York State Senate and Assembly have also submitted their proposals over the last two days, and the governor says each proposal reflects the specific plans of each.

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