New York's Governor Cuomo focuses on manufacturing in State of the State

Posted by TGarland on 01/09/2014

Post written by Brian Lombardozzi, Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) Vice President of State Governmental Affairs

ALBANY, N.Y. - Yesterday I attended Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2014 State of the State address. I was pleased to see manufacturing was a topic of discussion before the governor even stepped up to the podium.

Patrick Radtke, President of the United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 897, introduced Cuomo. In his remarks, Radtke highlighted his experience with the governor last November when Cuomo came to western NY to announce that Ford Motor Company will invest $150 million to make significant upgrades to its Hamburg, NY facility.

Radtke mentioned the investment means new machinery and state-of-the-art equipment that will enable the Ford Stamping Plant to remain competitive, secure its long-term presence in the region and support 990 manufacturing jobs.

With an introduction like that I hoped we'd hear more about manufacturing during the speech.

We did.

Amongst the tax-cutting proposals Gov. Cuomo unveiled yesterday was one that should please manufacturers. Cuomo proposed a property tax cut for manufacturers upstate and in New York City. Additionally, the Governor said he aims to eliminate the corporate income tax rate for upstate manufacturers. He said this should send a message that New York wants to grow its manufacturing sector, create high-quality manufactured goods, sustain and grow family-supporting, well-paying jobs, and generate much-needed revenue for the state.

The Governor also talked at length about building up the state's infrastructure, including roads and bridges, updating its airports, expanding the Metro North railroad, building new train stations, and expediting the building of NY’s energy “superhighway”. Admittedly, I think Governor Cuomo may have missed an opportunity to discuss the benefits to New York’s manufacturing sector  if the state  purchased all the steel, iron, and manufactured goods needed for infrastructure improvement in the United States.

It looks like I’ll be making a trip back up to Albany to bring that point up….

Learn more about Governor Cuomo's State of the State address.

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