SENATE MEDICAID TASK FORCE TARGETS WASTE, FRAUD AND ABUSE;

New York spends a total of $52.5 billion of taxpayers’ money a year on Medicaid. That means New York State spends over $1 billion a week on Medicaid services. New York’s Medicaid program is larger than the total budgets of forty-three other States.

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Senator Nozzolio Demands Removal of IDA Tax

Albany- State Senator Michael Nozzolio today demanded immediate and decisive action from Governor Paterson in order to revoke a devastating tax on New York State’s Industrial Development Agencies. “The IDAs are New York’s job creation incubators,” said Senator Nozzolio, “By taxing their revenues, Albany is effectively destroying jobs.”

The IDA tax, which is due March 31st, was enacted as a part of the 2009-2010 New York State budget. Senator Nozzolio strongly opposed the budget, which created over 100 new taxes and fees, including the IDA tax. Every IDA in New York State will be assessed a 4.7% tax based on their 2008 total revenues.

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Winner Still Seeking Bipartisan Support for 30-Day Tax Refunds

Albany, N.Y., March 18— State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) said today that he is still trying to build bipartisan support for legislation he sponsors to require the state to provide personal income tax refunds within 30 days after a taxpayer files a return.

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Property Tax Relief

Property taxes have skyrocketed, and middle income families are being priced out of their homes. The Senate Majority is committed to lowering costs, lowering taxes, and putting the people’s money where it belongs - back in their hands.

PUTTING MONEY BACK IN NEW YORKERS’ POCKETS

Senator Klein and Majority Members Pass Real Property and School Tax Relief Bill

ALBANY – State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein and Senate Majority Democrats passed Property Tax Relief legislation aimed at reversing New York’s skyrocketing property taxes. The legislation, passed Thursday in a 58-1 vote, would put more money back in the pockets of middle income families and seniors.

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