Issues: Taxes

The Unfunded Mandate Reform Act

HIGHLIGHTS:

Unfunded mandates cost New Yorkers $4 billion a year in additional costs to local governments and schools.
This is a leading contributor to the crushing burden of property taxes that New Yorkers pay.
The Unfunded Mandate Reform Act (S.4094-2013 – read the full Act here) requires the legislature to take a stand on the issue and repeal some of these mandates.

 

What are unfunded mandates?

December 9, 2013
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RITCHIE CALLS ON TAX DEPT. TO HOLD ‘STAR’ REGISTRATION EVENTS IN CENTRAL, NORTHERN NEW YORK

One in Four Upstate Homeowners Still Need to Reapply 

With just weeks remaining until the deadline to reapply for the Basic STAR program, State Senator Patty Ritchie is calling the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance to host registration events in the region she represents. 

According to recent reports, the Tax Department has scheduled a new round of seven STAR registration events—all taking place in major cities along the Thruway and downstate and none being hosted in St. Lawrence, Oswego and Jefferson Counties. 

According to the most recent numbers released by the Tax Department, roughly 16,000 homeowners in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties still need to reapply for the program.  As of November 26th, 75 percent of homeowners in Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties have re-registered and 72 percent of those eligible have re-registered in Jefferson County. 

December 2, 2013
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SENATE REPUBLICANS ISSUE REPORT ON TAX REFORM

State Taxes Need To Be Reformed, Simplified and Reduced; Recommendations Would Create Jobs, Reduce Taxes on Businesses, Families & Seniors

State Senate Republicans issued a comprehensive report on state taxes that calls for personal income taxes, business taxes, estate taxes and local property taxes to be reformed, simplified and reduced. The report makes sweeping recommendations for reducing the tax burden on all New Yorkers. The plan recommends enacting a permanent two-percent state spending cap and dedicating surplus revenues to tax reductions.

November 21, 2013
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New Senate Report: Keep Cutting Taxes to Create Jobs

I'm pleased to announce that my Senate Republican colleagues and I have just issued an important new report that calls for New York's personal income taxes, business taxes, estate taxes and local property taxes to be reformed, simplified and reduced. The report also calls for a permanent two-percent state spending cap and dedicating surplus revenues to tax reductions.

The new report sends a loud and clear message that comprehensive tax relief will be a top priority for our Senate Republican Conference throughout the 2014 Legislative Session.

November 20, 2013
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MARCELLINO & DEFRANCISCO ISSUE REPORT ON TAX REFORM

State Taxes Need To Be Reformed, Simplified and Reduced;

Recommendations Would Create Jobs, Reduce Taxes on Businesses, Families & Seniors

November 20, 2013
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SENATOR FARLEY DISCUSSES REPORT ON TAX REFORM

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) and his fellow Senate Republicans recently issued a comprehensive report on state taxes that calls for personal income taxes, business taxes, estate taxes and local property taxes to be reformed, simplified and reduced. The report makes sweeping recommendations for reducing the tax burden on all New Yorkers. The plan recommends enacting a permanent two-percent state spending cap and dedicating surplus revenues to tax reductions.

The report was developed based on testimony at a series of statewide public hearings. The report will be shared with the tax reform commissions established by Governor Cuomo for their review.

Highlights of the recommendations made in the preliminary Senate report include, among other things:

November 20, 2013
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STATE SENATE REPUBLICANS ISSUE REPORT ON TAX REFORM

State Senate Republicans today, November 19, 2013, issued a comprehensive report on state taxes that calls for personal income taxes, business taxes, estate taxes and local property taxes to be reformed, simplified and reduced. The report makes sweeping recommendations for reducing the tax burden on all New Yorkers.

November 19, 2013
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Full-Fledged Tax Reform Needed

ALBANY, 11/19/13 - New York State Senate Republicans today issued a comprehensive report on state taxes that calls for personal income taxes, business taxes, estate taxes and local property taxes to be reformed, simplified and reduced.  The report makes sweeping recommendations for reducing the tax burden on all New Yorkers.  The plan recommends enacting a permanent two-percent state spending cap and dedicating surplus revenues to tax reductions.

November 19, 2013
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Senate GOP issues report on tax reform; calls for simplified tax code

State Senate Republicans today issued a comprehensive report on state taxes that calls for personal income taxes, business taxes, estate taxes and local property taxes to be reformed, simplified and reduced.  The report makes sweeping recommendations for reducing the tax burden on all New Yorkers.  The plan recommends enacting a permanent two-percent state spending cap and dedicating surplus revenues to tax reductions.

 

November 19, 2013
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Tax Policy Review and Reform Initiative

Please click on the link below to view the:

NYS Senate Republican Conference Tax Policy Review & Reform Initiative Preliminary Report

File: 
Tax Policy Review & Reform Initiative Preliminary Report - FINAL

November 19, 2013
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Tax Policy Review and Reform Initiative

Please click on the link below to view the:

NYS Senate Republican Conference Tax Policy Review & Reform Initiative Preliminary Report

 

File: 
Tax Policy Review & Reform Initiative Preliminary Report - FINAL

November 19, 2013
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STAR Re-registration Event in Town of Tonawanda

In 2013, New York State initiated a program that all recipients of The Basic STAR Property Tax exemption (Property owners UNDER AGE 65, or those over age 65 whose incomes exceeded $81,900) would have to re-register in order to receive the Basic STAR exemption. This was part of an iniative to protect New Yorkers against fraudulent or inappropriate STAR Exemptions.

November 18, 2013
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CASHING IN ON “STAR” SAVINGS

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

How does hundreds of extra dollars in your pocket each year sound?  If you’re a homeowner, that’s what you could be receiving through the state’s STAR program, which provides 2.6 million homeowners in New York State—including nearly 85,000 in our region—with savings on their school property tax bills each year.

Recently, dozens of people in the Central and Northern New York region  re-registered for this money saving program through my STAR workshops, held in Watertown, Gouveruer and Pulaski.  Made possible with the help of local assessors, these events were aimed at helping those who currently receive Basic STAR re-register for the benefit, as a new state law aimed at streamlining administration of the program, and also helping to prevent fraud, requires current enrollees to reapply.  The requirement does not affect senior homeowners who are enrolled in Enhanced STAR.

The Basic STAR exemption is available for owner-occupied, primary residences where the combined income of resident owners and their spouses is $500,000 or less.  Married couples with multiple residences are only eligible to receive one Basic STAR exemption.

I’ve been working hard to spread the word about re-registering for this money-saving program, and as a result, more than 1,100 homeowners have clicked through my website to reapply online for Basic STAR.  Currently, according to state officials, more than 20,000 Basic STAR enrollees in our region still need to re-register.  I’m hopeful that 100 percent of program participants will reenroll by the December 31st deadline. 

November 18, 2013
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Senator Klein Announces Major Job Creation Program, “START-UP NEW YORK” in the Bronx

BRONX, NY– Standing under the dome of the Gould Memorial Library at Bronx Community College (BCC), State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced that BCC will be a host site for START-UP New York, a groundbreaking initiative that allows select colleges and universities to create tax-free zones on or near their academic campuses.

November 14, 2013
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Consumer Alert: Governor Cuomo Warns New Yorkers About Deceptive STAR Program Solicitations

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today advised taxpayers to beware of solicitations offering a fee-based service to apply for the School Tax Relief (STAR) property tax exemption – when homeowners can apply for free.

New homeowners have received letters offering to enroll them in the STAR Program for a substantial fee equivalent to the full amount of the taxpayers’ first year savings – which averages $700 statewide and can be as high as $3,000 for senior citizens in the Lower Hudson Valley and on Long Island. An example of these letters can be viewed here.

November 7, 2013
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Stupidity Should Have Its Limits

If you’re a person who values common sense then prepare yourself to be disgusted and angry. I’m about to tell you about a sensible piece of legislation that’s long overdue, but is being blocked by the New York State Assembly,which is shamelessly pandering to its constituents with your tax money. In fact, you may be shocked to learn that we even need this legislation at all, let alone that it’s being systematically stymied by some in Albany.

November 7, 2013
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REMINDER: RITCHIE TO HOST STAR WORKSHOPS IN NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NY THIS WEEK

***CLICK HERE TO RE-REGISTER FOR STAR NOW*** 

State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding homeowners that she will host “STAR Workshops” in St. Lawrence and Oswego Counties this week, aimed at helping those who currently receive Basic STAR re-register for the program. 

As a result of Senator Ritchie’s recent efforts to encourage re-registration in the STAR program, more than 1,100 homeowners have clicked through her website to apply online and through her first workshop—held in Jefferson County—dozens of others received assistance completing their applications. 

A new state law aimed at streamlining administration of the STAR program, and also helping to prevent fraud, requires current Basic STAR enrollees to re-register for the benefit, which saves the average household hundreds of dollars annually. The requirement does not affect senior homeowners who are enrolled in Enhanced STAR.

November 4, 2013
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Kasson Place Apartments Opens

Senator David J. Valesky joined state and local officials to celebrate the opening of Kasson Place Apartments on James Street in Syracuse. This project is great for the community and is another project that used Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits.

October 28, 2013
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