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June 5, 2013

Statement by UUP President Fred Kowal opposing “Tax-free zones” proposal

“United University Professions supports efforts to grow New York’s economy, but not at the expense of the academic mission of the State University of New York or the students our members serve.

“This proposal would allow new businesses to set up shop on and near SUNY campuses without legislative oversight, and they and their employees would be exempt from paying business and income taxes for 10 years. We also fear these tax breaks would create unfair competition for the current, tax-paying businesses that rely on the patronage of SUNY employees and students.

“The state needs a more progressive tax structure to help increase the revenues needed to reinvest in our public higher education system, not more corporate welfare.

“In addition, if there is vacant space available on SUNY’s campuses, it should be used first to expand students’ access to needed course offerings and class sections to handle increased enrollments, and allow students to have a quality educational experience and to graduate on time.”

UUP is the nation's largest higher education union, with more than 37,000 academic and professional faculty and retirees. UUP members work at 29 New York state-operated campuses, including SUNY’s public teaching hospitals and health science centers in Brooklyn, Long Island and Syracuse. It is an affiliate of NYSUT, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, and the AFL-CIO.


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