McLAUGHLIN: START-UP NY ANOTHER TAXPAYER-FUNDED GAME OF CRONYISM

          Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) today said that Gov. Cuomo’s Start-Up NY program rewards only the politically connected and fails to create jobs, grow New York’s economy, or provide the large-scale small business tax relief that New York desperately needs. The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) released a report ranking New York dead last among states in terms of economic outlook. The report also highlighted New York’s sustained lackluster economy due to “its high taxes and poor business climate.” The report listed New York as having the worst domestic migration in the nation; a statistic corroborated by other reports. 

          “For another year, Gov. Cuomo has tried to use politics to fix his bad policy and it clearly has not worked,” McLaughlin said. “The first report on the program was late and released before a holiday weekend so that the press didn’t get wind of this scam. Only 76 jobs were created from the program and each job costs taxpayers about $2.5 million. That is disgraceful.  This is a legal way for Gov. Cuomo to pad the pockets of his cronies though tax dollars ripped from the pockets of parents working multiple jobs to support their family. The cost of one job could be used to pay the tuition of hundreds of aspiring college students or provide tens of thousands of working class families with groceries for months. Gov. Cuomo is simply rewarding the politically-connected and high-ranking education leaders that he has in his pocket. What are we supposed to tell the family-owned business that has operated in New York for decades when their neighbors move here and are immediately given undeniable immunity from state, local, property and business taxes? This program is patronage at its worst and illustrates how Gov. Cuomo is failing New York State.”     

Assemblyman McLaughlin represents the 107th district, which consists of parts of Rensselaer, Columbia and Washington counties. For more information,
please visit Assemblyman McLaughlin’s Official Website

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