By Cara MatthewsALBANY -- New York has not always had the distinction of being the only state with a fiscal year that begins April 1. The start date was changed from Oct. 1 to July 1 in 1916. It has been April 1 since 1943, but now there is a push from some lawmakers to change it to June 1. What difference does it make? A big one, says the chairwoman of the Senate Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform, Liz Krueger, D-Manhattan.
"As the Legislature awaits the Governor's Executive State Budget, his indication today that agency consolidation and other efforts will be included are a good start. I will personally be urging the Governor and the Division of Budget, as well as working closely with them in the months ahead, to go much, much further.
On Dec. 17, 2009, the Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform held a public hearing in Manhattan on improving transparency, forecasting and flexibilty in New York State's budget process. The Select Committee heard oral testimony from eight experts on state budgeting issues and received written testimony from two others.
Below are links for the written testimony some experts submitted to the Select Committee for the public hearing. The Select Committee's staff will issue a report detailing key findings and conclusions from information gathered during the event.
Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) released today a comprehensive report by the Senate Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform on New York State’s property tax exemption system and its impacts on taxpayers. The report, which is based on oral and written statements from the Select Committee's October 13 roundtable in Albany, explores why the Legislature has struggled with controlling the growth of these exemptions over the past three decades.
On Oct. 13, 2009, the Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform held a roundtable in Albany on evaluating the needs for and costs of New York State's property tax exemptions. The Select Committee discussed this issue with 18 experts primarily representing local government, economic development and nonprofit organizations from around the state.