State lawmakers blast proposed ‘Tonight’ tax credit

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Some New York lawmakers are
upset with a proposed tax credit that would benefit NBC if it moves “The
Tonight Show” from California to New York City.

As reports circulated that Jimmy Fallon is poised
to become the show's host, Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed a bill that would
give a 30% credit to any “relocated television production” that films
before a large studio audience, has a $30 million budget and has been on
the air for at least five seasons.

Republican Assemblyman Jim Tedisco tells the New York Post
that it is “outrageous” to be giving a tax break to a talk show while
the state is preparing to cut funding for the developmentally disabled.

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb called the credit a “bad idea” on Twitter.

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