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Albany Democrats want to move start of budget year to June 1

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.

January 29, 2010
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR LIZ KRUEGER RE: BUDGET REFORM

"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.

January 12, 2010
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Video: Select Committee Public Hearing on New York State Budget Reform

The Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform held a public hearing on Dec. 17, 2009 in Manhattan on improving transparency, forecasting and flexibilty in New York State's budget process.

December 28, 2009
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Testimony from Dec. 17 Public Hearing on Budget Reform

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.

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Public hearing transcript

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Testimony from E.J. McMahn of the Empire Center for New York State Policy

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Testimony from George Sweeting of the City of New York Independent Budget Office

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Testimoony from Sally Robinson of the League of Women Voters of New York State

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Testimony from Blair Horner of the New York State Public Interest Research Group

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Testimony from Stephen Acquario of the New York State Association of Counties

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Testimony from Carol O'Cleireacain of the Brookings Institution

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Testimony from Elizabeth Lyman of Citizens Budget Commission

December 28, 2009
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Select Committee Staff Report on Property Tax Exemptions

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.

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Select Committee Staff Report

December 16, 2009
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Public Hearing: Public Hearing on Improving Transparency, Forecasting and Flexibilityin New York State's Budgetary Process

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGNew York City

SUBJECT: Improving transparency, forecasting and flexibility in New York State’s budgetary process.

December 17, 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
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Testimony from October 13 roundtable on property tax exemptions

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.

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Testimony from Brian Houseal of the Adirondack Council

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Testimony from Michael West of the New York Council of Nonprofits

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Testimony from the New York State Association of Directors of Real Property Tax Services

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testimony from W. Wililam Batt of the Central Research Group

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Testiony from Gene DeSantis of Milkin & Ross (for the New York Sate Camp Directors Association

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Testimony from Jerry Jennings of the City of Albany

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Testimony of Carol LaGrasse of The Property Rights Foundation of America

November 10, 2009
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Video of Select Committee roundtable on New York State property tax exemptions (part 3)

The Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform held a roundtable on Oct. 13 in Albany to evaluate the need for and cost of New York State's property tax exemptions.

October 15, 2009
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Video of Select Committee roundtable on New York State property tax exemptions (part 2)

The Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform held a roundtable in Albany on Oct. 13 to evaluate the need for and cost of New York State's property tax exemptions.

October 15, 2009
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Video of Select Committee roundtable on New York State property tax exemptions (part 1)

The Select Commuttiee on Budget and Tax Reform held a roundable in Albany on Oct. 13 to evaluate the need for and cost of New York Staet's property tax exemption.

October 15, 2009
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