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Tax-free zones just the ticket for upstate

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal for tax-free zones around State University of New York campuses is big, bold — and could actually work. Work means getting new businesses, particularly start-ups, to invest in the distressed upstate communities where most of the schools are located, communities suffering a decades-long decline that the state has been unable to reverse with the usual economic development policies. It means keeping those new businesses rather than see them leave the state ...

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May 30, 2013
7:31 a.m.

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Good idea except employees do not pay state income tax. That is not generating business, that is making some people better than others.

May 30, 2013
7:46 a.m.

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Who is paying for this? You would think in Schenectady people would understand the negative impact of unequal competition and politicians picking winners and losers. This will cost jobs by closing old businesses, add to flight from Upstate of oppressed taxpayers and make middle income people pick up the tab for carpetbagging corporations. No State income tax? Cuomo has really hit rock bottom with this absurd proposal. Try cutting taxes across the board.

June 3, 2013
7:12 p.m.

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Many news stories are reporting that the employees pay no sales or property taxes. You need to clarify that point. Many SUNY campuses are in small rural isolated areas. Cobleskill is a good example. Suppose the plan brought 50 new children to town in the school district. Parents would pay no part of the costs, not to mention all the other services the new people require. Will the rest of the community support that concept?