Obama is visiting New York state today, and he is going to promote a half-dozen pro-business proposals while standing next to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, according to the Albany Times Union. Cuomo’s tax-cutting, pro-business, and socially liberal style of governing has made him into the darling of the Democratic elite elevated him to a potential presidential candidate in the future.
So here are a couple of the ideas that Obama is going to throw out there:
- Tax cuts for business, including a 20 per cent tax credit for businesses who relocate from overseas back to American shores.
- He’d pair that credit with the elimination of deductions given to businesses who currently move over seas.
- A 10 per cent income tax credit would go to small businesses that add employees or increase wages
- A Veteran’s Jobs Corps that would seek to place veterans of America’s recent wars in civil service jobs as police officers and fire-fighters.
- A clean-energy tax credit.
In reality, the trip is a practice run for the campaign. Obama has to appeal to Mid-Western voters in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Iowa. Upstate New York has a very similar economic and demographic profile to those states.
Obama is very likely to praise the bi-partisanship in Albany under Cuomo, and slam Republicans in Washington for not being as willing to work with a Democratic executive.
There is a risk for Obama today. During a week where the media and the liberal base of the Democratic party are hammering Obama on gay rights, sitting next to a governor who recently legalized gay marriage in his state could keep that controversy burning.
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