Cuomo Doubles Down on Tax Wall, Despite Growing Opposition from Towns and Counties

Fishkill, NY - Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - Fishkill) is renewing his call for Governor Cuomo to include the entire state in his planned elimination of the corporate income tax on manufacturers. Cuomo's 30-Day Budget Amendments did not expand the 0% tax zone to include the MTA region, despite widespread criticism.

“This plan pits parts of New York against each other,” said Lalor. “Communities in the MTA region, especially Dutchess and Orange counties, will suffer as businesses move north or never choose to start here to begin with. There is no doubt that our towns will lose jobs and tax revenue because of the governor's plan. We won't be able to compete when manufacturers face a 6.5% tax in our towns, but no tax if they move north or across the Hudson.”

Lalor added, “Only two metro regions in New York lost jobs in 2013. The Dutchess-Orange County region was one of them. It lost the most jobs, 2% of our total. We need help, not artificial competition created by Albany. Manufacturers in the rest of the MTA region need help, too. Already, Orange County, the Towns of Fishkill, LaGrange, Wappinger, Poughkeepsie, East Fishkill and North East, and the Village of Rhinebeck have passed resolutions opposing the tax wall. That number will grow. Governor Cuomo needs to extend tax relief to the entire state.”