New TV ad targets Cuomo’s budget

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A labor-backed group is out with a new television advertisement targeting Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget, arguing that the spending plan “continues to shortchange our communities and underfund our schools.”

The ad from New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness criticizes Cuomo’s budget for increasing the threshold and decreasing the rate for the estate tax, as well as his plan to combine the corporate franchise and bank taxes while reducing the corporate income-tax rate.

“You’ve felt the cuts — teachers, firefighters, roads and bridges,” a narrator in the ad says. “But Governor Cuomo’s budget continues to shortchange our communities and underfund our schools. Instead, he gives a huge tax break to millionaires and the big banks. No wonder community leaders across New York are speaking out. New York needs a budget that helps the middle class, not millionaires and Wall Street.”

The 30-second spot is running across the state, including Buffalo, Rochester, Binghamton and Westchester, according to New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness director Ron Deutsch.

The ad comes after Cuomo’s campaign released a series of its own ads touting some of his proposals, including a plan for what amounts to a two-year property tax freeze if local governments stay within the tax cap and agree to consolidate services.

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