NY lawmakers blast proposed 'Tonight' tax credit

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 23, 2013 at 9:48 am •  Published: March 23, 2013
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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 percent 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 (http://bit.ly/13kkEzi) 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.