Fresh off the Amazon catastrophe in which they singlehandedly exiled 25,000 new jobs and $27 billion in new revenue, Senate Democrats today continued to emphatically say New York is closed for business according to a statement from Senate Republican Leader John J. Flanagan.
Senate Republicans advanced an amendment to create a $495 million income tax exemption for small businesses and farmers, and to launch a STAR program for small businesses, achieving another $275 million in savings.
It would help small businesses across our state grow and thrive but was unanimously rejected by Senate Democrats.
This job-killing conference also recently blocked our proposal to take away veto power on the Public Authorities Control Board, the entity to whose initial Senate Democrat appointment was enough to politically poison and kill the Amazon project.
This sensible change would ensure that no one individual can ever again block a major economic development project like Amazon from happening in New York.
Senate Republicans recognize that New Yorkers want lower taxes and economic prosperity, and we will continue to raise our voices and fight when the Senate Democratic Majority ignores the concerns of middle-class taxpayers who just want a good job, a steady paycheck, and the chance to comfortably raise their families here.