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Do you support Gov. Cuomo's proposal to create tax-free zones around SUNY campuses?

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Scarecrow57

Jun-05-13 12:29 PM

How about something a bit more fair and equitable. Make the entire state a taxfree zone. This idea punishes established business's and gives these business's an unfair advantage.

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taxtired

Jun-05-13 12:46 PM

You are right scarecrow. This would be far from fair.

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DaveGibson

Jun-05-13 1:01 PM

Dumbest idea I've ever heard. As Scarecrow just posted, it punishes existing area businesses. And as Stead said, what of the tax base? Exempting a business from paying taxes increases taxes for everyone else.

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TiredOfTax

Jun-05-13 1:45 PM

This gov got off to a good start... now he has lost it, I believe that the power went to his head. He does not care if you support or want his plan he just expects us to blindly follow along. This plan is unfair to every taxpayer and allows government to corruptly allow the businesses of their choice a tax free option while all others pay their share. Lets do something about the already too high tax rates and get state spending as well as state mandated spending under control!

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BEREAL64

Jun-05-13 4:17 PM

How much “local” business is being done directly with the college? It’s OK for downtown Gloversville to have tax free development of residential settings above store fronts. Isn’t that an unfair advantage over other landlords? Businesses that are locating in industrial parks are given tax incentives and low cost business loans – isn’t that an unfair advantage? Encouraging business involvement with the college is a win/win and would be an expansion for most other local business, not duplication. Most-likely new business would be drawn to the area and make the college more attractive to students and eventually other business. This governor is going to do it, let’s be smart enough to take advantage of it.

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Scarecrow57

Jun-05-13 4:40 PM

BEREAL64 - Yes, all of these tax free zones create unfair advantages. So how about instead of discriminating we make the entire state a tax free zone. Heck, if these tax free zones are good for the goose they should also be good for the gander.

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Adirondackal

Jun-05-13 5:03 PM

How about some tax breaks for WORKING FOLKS not yuppy scum.

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Scarecrow57

Jun-05-13 5:52 PM

Adirondackal "How about some tax breaks for WORKING FOLKS not yuppy scum."

How about this, give tax breaks to businesses. They come here instead of going to North Carolina (or wherever). Now there are more working people, and the burden per person becomes less.

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getreal

Jun-05-13 6:47 PM

So the same people who pay taxes and get bombarded with taxes will still have to support all the people who refuse to work and now will have to make up the rest for the people and businesses who are not paying taxes oh great idea!!! Wow I am suprised we are still called america, I can resolve the problem,Kick all the people off assistance...there ya go problem solved!!!

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getreal

Jun-05-13 6:51 PM

That's as insane as all the people getting free money to go to college room and board to pay for there daily lives and they don't have to pay it back. And there major is graphic design..There gonna be very pproductive after that degree!

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TiredOfTax

Jun-05-13 8:00 PM

Can you imagine tossing this question around for a couple of weeks? I believe we are ready for the next poll please!

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Scarecrow57

Jun-05-13 9:17 PM

Next Poll Question: Do you believe Adam Cuomo started doing drugs roughly 1 year after being elected thus explaining his loss of brain functionality?

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Farfromcenter

Jun-05-13 10:06 PM

These so called tax exempt zone are in reality, tax transfer zones.The people not getting the exemption pick up the tab for the people getting these exemption. It seems to me the definition of insanity, doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, is in order here

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Hilltopper

Jun-06-13 8:47 AM

What kind of business would flourish near a college campus? One that sells beer, bongs, toilet paper, rolling papers and junk food. And for that contribution to society the store owner would be off the hook for taxes.

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MrBoB51

Jun-06-13 9:44 AM

This progressive twilight zone is not going anywhere folks. Cuomo is just making sure NYS teachers unions are still in his pocket as the teacher evaluation system's last hold out, NYC is now compelled as of June 1 to follow the Law. Always watch progressives other three hands.

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drugsrus

Jun-06-13 11:09 AM

Here's an idea, how about just lower the tax rates and give nothing away??? Lower rates would be incentive to start/move to the state, for both business and people. It would also generate more in dollars due to the increased number os businesses and people paying

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rschweizer

Jun-06-13 12:36 PM

Scarecrow57, you make it seem like it would be even remotely possible to make NY tax-free. I can already see Albany hitting up Washington for a bailout of the entire state.

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rschweizer

Jun-06-13 12:36 PM

...although scarecrow, you are right: it punishes the local retailers.

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fireNYSGOVnow

Jun-06-13 1:29 PM

At least he's identified the problem...TAXES - that's step 1. Step 2 is to do something about the problem, not find ways around it for new businesses.

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laker88

Jun-06-13 2:25 PM

Also, speaking of tax exempt, I can see places of worship being tax exempt, but when a church purchases another building/property for whatever usage, that property also falls under tax exempt...any input as to whether that should be changed?

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rschweizer

Jun-06-13 3:37 PM

laker88, I don't think that's entirely true. The religious organization must claim the property as actually being used for religious purposes. The locale can also reject the claim, which would then need court intervention. This was the case in Montgomery County when the Buddhists claimed (and succeeded) that the homes they bought were for housing their monks like the Catholic Church can claim the same for their priests' homes.

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laker88

Jun-06-13 4:23 PM

Interesting rs, thanks, I'm going to check into that. Not far from me, a church purchased a property...it's questionable whether the purpose is for worship, and it's no longer on the tax rolls.

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Pards13

Jun-07-13 9:33 AM

Just as a point of clarification, most religions can and do have residences for their clergy tax free. Some religions have stretched this too much.

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Scarecrow57

Jun-07-13 10:52 AM

rschweizer "Scarecrow57, you make it seem like it would be even remotely possible to make NY tax-free. I can already see Albany hitting up Washington for a bailout of the entire state."

I believe we could make business able to operate tax free. This would bring in many more corporations and businesses. The affect would be higher employment and less welfare. It would also lead to higher wages as the competition for skilled workers would increase.

Problem is, out legislators cannot seem to think outside of the sandbox. It would take guts to suggest such a thing. Consider this, a business is made up of the people in the community. By taxing the business you essentially tax the working people twice.

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Scarecrow57

Jun-07-13 11:02 AM

U.S. Constitution Article 1, Section 8

The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

Just seems to me in a country where we are all supposed to be taxed the same that setting up zones where the laws and taxes are different is just wrong.

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