ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Anti-hunger advocates and agriculture groups are criticizing Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s opposition to legislation that would give farmers a tax break for donating surplus fruits, vegetables and other locally grown products to food banks to address New York state’s growing hunger problem.
The Democratic governor vetoed the bill this week. It’s the second year the bill has passed the Legislature only to be blocked by Cuomo. He says that while he supports the idea, the measure would reduce state revenue and should be handled in the state budget process.
Susan Zimet, director of the Hunger Action Network of New York State, says Cuomo’s opposition is “misguided.” She says lawmakers should return to Albany to override the veto.
Several states including California and Colorado already offer similar tax incentives to farmers.