Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) today condemned Gov. Cuomo’s marketing campaign for Start-Up NY, which has spent millions of taxpayer dollars on advertising yet created only a few dozen new jobs. An audit published Monday said that despite the $211 million taxpayer-funded contract spent on New York’s economic development marketing program, “no tangible results” were found to have been produced.
“For years, Gov. Cuomo has been flushing taxpayer money down the drain on advertising for Start-Up NY,” McLaughlin said. “Over $200 million has been spent to tout the program as real economic development when, in fact, it is the governor’s way to reward the politically connected with exorbitant tax breaks while small, family-owned businesses and the unemployed are left with nothing. It is time to shut down Start-Up NY.
What we need is overarching small business and middle-class tax cuts so companies can afford to hire more employees and families will reinvest money into the economy. Until that point, New York will remain the economic laughingstock of the country and our already record-high exodus rate will continue to climb.”
Assemblyman McLaughlin represents the 107th district, which consists of parts of Rensselaer, Columbia and Washington counties. For more information,
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