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GOP lawmakers seek reforms of economic development programs

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The state Assembly's Republican minority is calling on Democrats who control the chamber to allow votes on legislation aimed at making New York's economic development programs more transparent.

GOP lawmakers said at a Capitol news conference Wednesday that taxpayers deserve more accountability for the billions spent each year to spur economic growth across the state.

Republicans specifically are calling for votes on two bills that would provide stronger oversight of state procurement and establish a database of entities receiving state economic development benefits. Both measures overwhelmingly passed in the Republican-led state Senate.

Critics of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's economic development policies say the state gives out billions in tax breaks and other incentives each year without providing clear evidence New York taxpayers are getting a good return on their investments.

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