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Why is Gov. Cuomo giving Buffalo $500M? | WHEC (NBC Rochester)

Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to give another $500 million dollars, not to Rochester, but to Buffalo. He's doubling down on his "Buffalo Billion" initiative. The proposal was announced during the governor's State of the State in January.

Rochester has received plenty of money from the state too. But, seemingly, not with as much fan-fare as Buffalo has. Now that the governor wants to give another half billion of your tax dollars to a city 70 miles away, we're asking him, "Why?" [Read_more]

Cuomo’s tax official grilled on late rebate checks | WXXI

EJ McMahon with the fiscally conservative Empire Center, who also testified, said the real issue is that the STAR rebate checks are poorly conceived.

“That’s a really bad example of tax policy,” said McMahon, who praised lawmakers for agreeing to an actual tax cut for middle-class income earners. [Read_more]

Marchione offers bill to tweak tax cap | Times Union

Since the cap began, a number of bills have been introduced with the aim of easing or breaking the cap — but none have gained traction. This year, there are at least 17 such measures.

"Most have come up before," said Tim Hoefer, executive director of the Empire Center. The fiscally conservative government watchdog group supports keeping the current cap as is, saying it has helped get a handle on New York's highest-in-the-nation property taxes and school costs. [Read_more]

Start-Up New York Gets a New Name, and a Focus on Start-Ups | New York Times

The doubts crept in, just a year into the life of the tax-break program known as Start-Up New York, with revelations that New York State had spent nearly $50 million to promote a job-creation initiative that in its first year had created all of 76 jobs. [Read_more]
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