ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - An unlikely alliance of critics from the right and the left have joined to oppose New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to lure high-tech business by creating no-tax zones around college campuses.
Both sides have sometimes lobbed identical charges of special treatment and "corporate welfare."
Cuomo has aggressively promoted his plan to collect no property taxes, corporate taxes, sales taxes and even state income taxes for employees for relocated businesses for up to 10 years. He calls it a "game changer" for upstate New York.
But opposition from different quarters demonstrates the challenge Cuomo faces as he tries to strike a deal before the Legislature wraps up its regular session this month.
Support has come from business groups like the Partnership for New York City and the state Business Council.