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Cuomo Tax Credit Proposal Gets Bad Reviews

Phil Hall
Aug 22, 2016
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is receiving pushback after floating a proposal to resurrect the state’s expired 421-a tax credit for affordable housing creation with the caveat that developers provide government wage subsidies for the workers they hire

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is receiving pushback after floating a proposal to resurrect the state’s expired 421-a tax credit for affordable housing creation with the caveat that developers provide government wage subsidies for the workers they hire.

According to a New York Daily News report, the Cuomo idea would establish a two-tiered minimum wage for affordable housing development, with the state reimbursing part of the costs. Initial reaction to the idea has been negative: E.J. McMahon, president of the Empire Center for Public Policy, stated that it was “real head-scratcher having a tax subsidy and a wage subsidy” while Mike Durant, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, dismissed the idea as “crazy” and wondered if the idea was being offered to appease labor unions.

Affordable housing developers have also complained about paying union-like wages for affordable housing projects, claiming that the idea was not economically feasible. However, an unnamed Cuomo administration source told the Daily News that builders will need to accept smaller profits if they want to receive state tax credits tied to affordable housing development

Cuomo, who served as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in Bill Clinton’s Administration, did not publicly comment on the story.

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