Less than a week after he first proposed it, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to create tax-free zones around State University of New York campuses is getting a boost from the state Democratic Committee in the form of a television advertisement airing across upstate.
The new 30-second spot began popping up on upstate television stations over the weekend. It urges New Yorkers to call their lawmakers and urge them to support Cuomo’s plan, which would eliminate taxes for businesses that create new jobs in the designated zones for a period of 10 years.
Cuomo, as the state’s top elected Democrat, serves as the de facto head of the state party, and it has aired ads touting the budget and the January gun laws ushered through by Cuomo. (As Capital Tonight points out, the New York Democrats have filled a void created by the lack of activity from the Committee to Save New York, a coalition of mostly business interests that had blanketed the airwaves on Cuomo’s behalf in previous years.)
Cuomo’s latest economic-development plan comes as business groups are renewing their criticism of the state’s unfriendly reputation toward businesses. We took a look at the issue this past weekend as part of our yearlong series, “Rebuilding New York’s Economy.”
Here’s the script, followed by the ad itself:
“The economy in upstate New York has been struggling for decades. High taxes have forced out our business and young people. But now there’s hope—because of Governor Cuomo’s bold new proposal. It will create dozens of tax-free areas with millions of square feet all across upstate New York. Tax free—no business, property or income tax. Upstate New York will be economically competitive again. Tell your legislator to support Governor Cuomo’s Tax-Free New York proposal and get upstate NY back to work.”