Socking New York’s companies and rich residents with $7 billion in new taxes will probably set off the worst exodus because the Large Apple flirted with chapter within the Seventies, an enormous group of main employers and small enterprise house owners warned Tuesday.
In a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state’s legislative leaders, the 250 job creators additionally mentioned a plan to impose the biggest tax hikes in state historical past “will jeopardize New York’s restoration from the financial disaster inflicted by COVID-19.”
“For higher or worse, the pandemic has demonstrated that our workforce is extra cellular than we ever imagined,” they wrote.
“Our companies are dedicated to sustaining a robust presence in New York, however presently solely about 10 p.c of our colleagues are within the workplace and prospects for the way forward for a dense city office are unsure.”
The executives and entrepreneurs — who collectively make use of about 1.5 million New Yorkers — mentioned many staff “have resettled their households in different areas, usually with far decrease taxes than New York, and the proposed tax will increase will make it tougher to get them to return.”
“This isn’t about corporations threatening to depart the state; that is merely about our folks voting with their toes,” they wrote.
“In the end, these new taxes could set off a significant lack of financial exercise and revenues as corporations are pressured to relocate operations to the place the expertise needs to reside and work.”
The employers additionally pointed to historical past for a dire and dramatic illustration of the potential penalties.
“That is what occurred to New York in the course of the Seventies, once we misplaced half our Fortune 500 corporations, and it took thirty years to recuperate,” they wrote.
The letter famous that President Biden’s lately enacted $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan — “for which most of us advocated” — will present New York with sufficient money to “get rid of the necessity for brand new state and native taxes this yr.”
It additionally mentioned that “vital company and particular person tax will increase will make it far tougher to restart the financial engine and reassemble the deep and numerous expertise pool that makes New York the best metropolis on this planet.”
“We’re not alone on this view; amongst others, the nonpartisan Residents Finances Fee has mentioned these tax will increase are ‘each pointless and economically dangerous,’ because of federal assist and better than anticipated tax receipts in 2020,” it added.
The high-powered CEOs who signed the letter embody Albert Bourla of COVID-19 vaccine maker Pfizer, Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan Chase, Jeff Blau of the Associated Firms, Robert Bakish of ViacomCBS and John Catsimatidis of the Pink Apple Group.
Actual-estate moguls Douglas Durst and Richard LeFrak, Robin Hayes of JetBlue Airways, Sandeep Mathrani of WeWork, Howard Lutnick of Cantor Fitzgerald, Debbie Pearlman of Revlon, Stephen Schwarzman of Blackstone, Rob Speyer of Tishman Speyer, James Tisch of the Loews Corp. and Robert Thomson of Information Corp., which owns The Publish, have been additionally among the many signatories.
The letter was organized by the pro-business group Partnership for New York Metropolis, whose CEO, Kathryn Wylde, mentioned, “The New York state price range for this yr needs to be targeted on the right way to greatest make investments the federal funds coming our method in 2021.”
“They need to maintain off on new spending and taxes till we’ve got time to develop a plan for educating and coaching New Yorkers for the roles of the long run, and to find out the place these jobs are going to return from,” Wylde mentioned.
“They’re legislating a price range and not using a plan, and that may be a horrible mistake.”
On Monday, Cuomo mentioned that federal reduction, coupled with higher than anticipated tax revenues, meant the state price range due April 1 may be balanced with out the necessity to lower spending or elevate taxes.
“We agree that our consideration have to be on getting New York’s economic system rising once more with a concentrate on placing out the welcome mat for the New Yorkers who left in the course of the pandemic,” Cuomo price range spokesman Freeman Klopott mentioned Tuesday.
However the Democratic-led state Senate and Meeting have proposed large spending on training, well being care, COVID-19 reduction, unemployment insurance coverage for unlawful immigrants and different social and cultural packages.
“We’re asking those that have a little bit extra to do some extra, in order that we’re not trying on the similar inequities yr after yr, day after day, the identical austerity — and not likely giving the form of future that we wish each New York to have,” Senate Majority Chief Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) mentioned throughout a digital press briefing Tuesday.
“So, I’ll proceed to have conversations with the enterprise group, and we proceed to be in partnership and typically we agree, typically we don’t. However I believe that we’re all attempting to get to the identical finish — a restoration that lifts everybody in an equitable method.”