State Senator Tom O’Mara, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and his Senate Republican colleagues have unveiled “Jobs & Progress--Grown in New York,” a comprehensive economic development strategy for agriculture that they believe can help keep New York State’s leading industry competitive for the next generation. O'Mara says for our area, the bill is a no-brainer.
O'Mara says the issue of regulations that Canada, and in particular Ontario, places on the importation of wine from the United States has hurt New York wine sales and needs to be addressed. The Canadian duty of 62 cents per liter and an Ontario excise tax of 39.6 percent create a prohibitive barrier on sales of New York State wines to Canadian visitors.
New York state boasts more than 300 wineries, with at least a third of them opening since 2000. The "Grown in New York” plan, which Senate Republicans hope to have approved as part of this year’s state budget, focuses on tax cuts, regulatory reform, market expansion and a series of other economic growth initiatives