Here is the short and sweet answer: New York is a difficult place to create jobs and do business!
Further, as the state and federal governments lurch more to the left it will become even more expensive for business owners to survive.
So here is a memo to ya' Dede - tell business owners that you understand, share and experience their anguish first hand. And whomever else wants to criticize you, someone should ask them how many jobs they have created.
If they need proof of how difficult it is to do business in NYS point them right here. Cost of Business Index
"Cost is a major consideration when a company chooses a state. We looked at the tax burden, including individual income and property taxes, business taxes, even the gasoline tax. Utility costs can add up to a huge expense for business, and they vary widely by state. We also looked at the cost of wages and state workers’ compensation insurance, as well as rental costs for office and industrial space."
New York ranked the 50 out of 50 in the cost of doing business and cost of workforce categories, 47 of 50 in cost of living and 42 of 50 for business friendliness.