Cuomo declines Rick Perry’s debate offer

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Rick Perry. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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ALBANY—Gov. Andrew Cuomo declined an offer made on Tuesday by Texas governor Rick Perry to publicly debate the two states’ different economic policies.

Asked if he’d consider Perry’s offer, Cuomo said, “I don’t think so.”

Perry tweaked New York State’s reputation as a high-tax state that is unfriendly to business, in remarks made yesterday on Fred Dicker’s radio program, as part of a three-day in New York City to encourage local businesses to relocate to Texas.

Cuomo said, on the state’s economy, “the numbers speak for the State of New York.”

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“We have start-up zones that are zero-tax zones, zero tax for ten years,” Cuomo said, referring to the recent economic development initiative he created that will allow some businesses to pay no taxes for a decade if they relocate or start their business in New York.

“I believe it makes it the least expensive place in the country to site a business,” Cuomo said. New York state ran ads for the program in Texas, in an effort to lure businesses.

“I understand if other states are jealous about what we’re doing, but that’s what it is, what can I tell you?” Cuomo said.

Cuomo said he would not mimic Perry’s New York City tour, by traveling to Texas to poach businesses in person.

“I’m staying here,” he said, with a laugh.