July 31, 2011
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CLIPPED FROM THE PRESS…A RECENTLY PUBLISHED ANALYSIS BY TAX REFORM LEADER, C. kRAUS
Gov. Andrew Cuomo should lead with an equitable tax policy for all New Yorkers. New York state homeowners will learn soon enough that unless Albany accompanies the tax levy cap with true local tax relief, and seriously addresses mandates and other sources of rising costs, the only way is out – out of New York.
We ask the governor and our legislators to pay for circuit-breaker relief with extension of the “millionaire’s tax” on true millionaires. Or, to return the $1.5 billion property tax revenues - realized by rescinding the middle-class STAR program - to property tax relief via circuit-breaker legislation before the Legislature right now.
Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers paid 10 to 50 percent of their income in property taxes this year, last year and the year before. A tax cap, whatever its merits, does not cut property taxes but assures annual increases in those tax bills.
The ranks of the overly taxed will grow as the recession continues.
New York State’s problem is not state income tax - or maybe it is.
When the governor and those who came before him said, “No new taxes,” they were talking state income taxes. We at the local level know what follows: increased local taxes.
Yes, rein in costs with mandate reform, health-care reform and intelligent policy -but do something now that will honestly help the middle class stay in their homes and in New York. Please, lead with the facts and good public policy for all.
The writer is co-founder of the New York State Property Tax
July 21, 2011
SO OUR GOVERNOR AND LAWMAKERS HAVE TURNED TO HIRING OUT what’s left of THEIR tasks TO CONSULTANTS…
Plus offering more incentives (aka bribes) to the big dogs….
…and now they can just run for “higher” office full time with lots of booty in their pockets.
I understand why they turned marriage equality over to brilliant consultant Jennifer Cunningham…they are hardly able to pass the state vegetable bill without yada yada blah blah…
But now they have hired a PRICEY-foreign (Irish) company- to tell them how to save money…DUH!
Let’s see…62 Senators and 150 Assembly members and their MULTITUDE of office staff and aides….
And of course the Governor and his big support staff (maybe his 200 bodyguards can do some other little chores while he’s safely in his office hiring consultants)…then of course there are the civil service employees who do the REAL work ( not counting their bosses in the hierarchy who don’t) ..
But no-one –none of these people -can be asked to figure out how to save money???… The Gov. needs to get a consultant from the Emerald Isles??
…of course since the Gov.’s idea of saving $$$ is to throw people under the bus (fire,cut,slash,burn programs) while adding millions in consulting fees…not to mention throwing more of our money in incentives (bribes) to big business which doesn’t need any help (bet your house the $$$ is not earmarked for small entrepreneurs)…the consultants can’t do any worse…
The incentives (bribes) are to get the big dogs to relocate here (from NJ?) and then leave when they have “incentified” their bottom line…by the way did you notice the big business “incentive” fund of a billion or so Cuomo is showing off around the state as if it’s from his personal stash?
(Gee,I thought the snake oil cap designed to protect the billionaire’s (wise up kiddo) and big tax cuts on the richest was enough to lure these Big Dogs to upstate NY…now another billion ???…greedy fellers aren’t they.)
This big dog $$$ comes when property tax relief has been cut by 2 billion??
The other billion taken from your prop.tax relief went to the 19 billion tax cut to Richie Rich … Gee… so happy to help out by contributing to the billionaires..
The jobs these “incentives” are supposed to create are really the legislators’ jobs.
The big dogs return some of the “incentives” in campaign donations. Thus the legislators keep their jobs in the state…that’s called “JOB CREATION”.
…Ideas? How about outsourcing all our elected officials to Ireland? Naw! Forget it. Ireland is a great place. Who would want to do them dirt like that?
July 17, 2011
ALBANY’S CHICKENS ARE COMING HOME TO ROOST A LOT SOONER AND looking MANGIER than even I EXPECTED….
Some news that we previewed…is now coming to pass…not that predicting the events makes me a genius –far from it…we had help from the work of real smart people like Frank Mauro…you just had to be paying attention to his data and not be in the pocket of the right wing faction of BIG business to see it all coming.. …Frank made it easy…like predicting that pension fund investments would start to do better in the market…bingo…so Albany violently attacking pensions (instead of planning for the future) is a red herring.
Surprise (NOT)…the cap is so messy that not only doesn’t it give relief (as we tax reformers repeatedly said ) but Moody’s warned the cap might impact municipal bonds very negatively…WHOA!
Pay to play is alive and well in Albany….as WE SAID…while the important, worthy, and long overdue Marriage Equality Act went through to passage, mucho dinero$$$ was changing hands…as we previewed on the blog (but didn’t have the exact numbers at that time) …now the NYTimes says the Governor got $60,000 in campaign contributions from Marriage Equality activists…and the Republicans who went along got $$$ too… read it for yourselves.
Of course I strongly disagree with the opponents of gay marriage who use this as a condemnation of the bill itself…at least the $$ was well spent to buy the pols THIS TIME.
…and please note the BIG MONEY Big business boys didn’t throw a bunch of bucks against passage of marriage equality (AS THEY DID AGAINST OUR CIRCUIT BREAKER)…some threw big money FOR marriage equality…a good outcome for pay to play.
Too bad that’s what it takes to do the right thing
…I CAN’T SAY THE SAME FOR THE BIG BUSINESSES WHO GAVE BIG BUCKS TO SINK TAX REFORM AND SUCCEEDED
(at least for the short term)…THAT WAS a LOUSY OUTCOME of Pay to Play.
…the Gov.’s pious talk about “special interests” wanting a millionaire’s tax also rings hollow when those “interests” were advocates for education, families , and the middle class…
I guess the auction on prop. tax reform went to the highest bidder…and by that I mean the BIG boys GOT 19 billion in tax breaks and the rest of us GOT the short end of the legislative stick…
WHICH BRINGS ME TO AN IMPORTANT POINT:
NYS - just this session- ENDED UP ON THE WRONG SIDE OF HISTORY on the tax reform issue…
With Prez.Obama coming down hard on the need for the richest of the rich to share in the common good by paying their bit for our nation, NYState’s lead pols went out of their way to go in the other -and WRONG -direction…gifting the richest from the middle class’ rapidly depleting coffers.
THE VOTERS WANT A MILLIONAIRE’S TAX…Obama will get this eventually ( because he’s the smartest guy in government today) while our own governor adamantly refused to even consider that maybe it is time to put some fairness into the tax code…( as if it were a virtue to defend unfair taxation). Quite the opposite he calls for sacrifice from everyone BUT the richest…
They benefitted from his budget and we will pick up the tab.
The pols who go a long with this reverse Robin Hood policy will pay for their backwardness…unfortunately we-the middle class backbone of this country - will also pay… AND we’ll be HURTING even more than we are already…