SURVEY OF LIKELY VOTERS SHOWS OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FOR
NEW YORK’S RURAL AND AGRICULTURE JOBS ACT
NYers Believe that Investment in Rural Jobs Bill Will Yield Major Benefits for State’s Economy; Boost Wages and Retain Young People
A bill creating the Rural and Agriculture Jobs act now on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk is favored by 95 percent of voters statewide, according to a poll released today.
The measure, authorizes private funds for investments in Upstate New York State by targeting agricultural and small businesses seeking to grow and expand located in rural communities. It provides future tax benefits for investors. Among key taxpayer safeguards to the legislation are public reporting requirements about the specific business receiving investment, the number of jobs they create or retain, and the wages paid by these jobs.
The legislation (S4727B/A4772C), sponsored by Senator James Seward (Otsego County) and Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner (Saratoga County), passed both houses of the state legislature in June, and Governor Cuomo must act on it prior to November 6.
The survey found that support for the bill is favored by more than 9 out of 10 New Yorkers across the state, including 98 percent of respondents from New York City.
Global Strategy Group interviewed 605 likely voters in the upcoming election, between September 24-27, 2018.
Eighty-six percent of voters believe the bill will have a far reaching positive impact for the state and rural communities and small business; over 80 percent indicate the bill will have a positive impact on job opportunities (86 percent), economic growth (86 percent) and wages (81 percent). When asked about the impact if made into law, 81 percent believe the measure would help attract and retain residents.
In addition to the statewide and regional benefits of the legislation, voters clearly understand that the struggles of small business owners in rural New York are tied to the lack of access to investment capital to start their businesses or expand them.
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