New York State Hopin’ For Business
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  • USNK2

    $140 million? I see the NY business ads, but had no idea the budget was that big.
    Meanwhile, Texas has a $12BIL surplus from their fracking revolution as noted in a Forbes article linked from RealClearEnergy, which notes that Andrew has fallen into the “more study” trap.
    New York is doomed.

  • Kelly Hall

    I saw the commercial, and was unconvinced. Just a bit of feel-good propaganda, with old tired saws like tax-free zones (where businesses stay until the tax-exempt status expires). Any business leader who knows anything about NY politics cannot possibly think that the leopard has suddenly changed its spots. Proclaiming NY as business-friendly would be a hard enough sell under Pataki, much less the doctrinaire Democrat princeling Cuomo.

  • When you see a politician of the leftist persuasion voluntarily relinquish power or control over something, prepare for the Rapture.

    Actually, NY state went through this once before, in the eighties, when everybody was bailing out on them at that time. Then it had to do with excessive environmental regulations. Alas the reforms, such as they were, only lasted until business turned up, which set off another round of business as usual for the government. I wouldn’t trust them not to do it again and you will be trapped if you move your business to NY state.

  • teapartydoc

    Granholm II.

  • Cuomo is the most over-rated fraud in America, beginning with his horrific (and covered up) tenure as HUD director under Clinton, where he single handedly created the subsequent Housing Collapse.

  • Ultimately though it’s the voters who are addicted to crony based government. These guys win elections over and over, beyond the margin of fraud.

    • Marty Keller

      That, sir, is the basic fact of our perilous political economic system. Any efforts to inspire improvement without taking this head-on are doomed.

  • I live in NY, and seriously, no business that would see one of Cuomo’s ads and think, “gee, they’ve really changed, so maybe I will move my business there,” would be the kind of business that would survive anyway. Any moderately intelligent businessperson seriously considering a move to NY state would discover very quickly that we rank dead last among all 50 states for economic freedom. Plus, we kinda hate successful people and want them to pay our way — just look at our votes. But on the upside, our property taxes are insanely high, as are our sales tax and income tax. Cuomo will tell you that cutting the growth rate of property taxes makes NY good for business, which is like saying your daily beatings will only get worse, but at a slower pace of increased savagery.

    • ChuckFinley

      Actually, I think that “dead last among all 50 states for economic freedom” is another title that New York has lost to California. However, I don’t think that TV ads boasting, “California is even worse!” are going to bring a lot of business into New York.

  • cubanbob

    For the ads to be credible two impossible things would have to happen:

    1-A state right to work act.
    2-The mass resignation of every elected democrat.

    Until then its just another waste of money unless its just intended to give work to NYC ad agencies.

  • Buckland

    Unfortunately you miss the intended audience of the ads. They’re not meant for businesses around the country. They’re meant for primary voters in the 2016 Democratic Presidential Primaries. It’s a way to introduce Cuomo the world as a tough, business savvy Democrat. At taxpayers expense.

    Good luck with that.

    • I think you are on to something.
      Long suffering NY small businesses laugh at Cuomo’s preposterous ads.

      Any NY big business is reduced to crooked crony capitalism: sending cash “contributions” to democrats in return for tax breaks needed to stay in business.

      The brain dead low information national democrat base is the target audience for this ridiculous propaganda.

  • ChuckFinley

    The calls to eliminate patronage jobs, end sweetheart deals and favors for cronies are a complete non starter in New York.

    What they might conceivably do might be to ask businesses which are the most obnoxious regulations that New York State imposes on anybody trying to operate within their borders and see what can be done to scale them back a bit. It’s not enough to bring in new companies but it might slow down the race to the exits by the companies that are still there.

  • paddylenihan

    Hopefully someone will file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission about NY’s false and fraudulent advertising.

  • Edward Burghard

    This is a disappointing waste of money. NYS has some of the world’s best branding Agencies. It is a shame they weren’t leveraged to better define the brand promise and create a mind jd heart opening campaign to bring that promise to life. To learn how to brand a state, visit the http://www.strengtheningbrandamerica.com website. The folly of this campaign will become evident.

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