State Senator Betty Little is cosponsoring legislation to create a “circuit breaker” tax credit program that would provide relief to homeowners whose rising property tax bills are outpacing their income.
Greater oversight of state government’s spending of federal stimulus funding is the goal of a proposal being pushed by State Senator Betty Little and her Republican Senate colleagues.
The lawmakers announced the plan at an Albany news conference, saying that transparency is needed to prevent abuses and ensure funding is distributed fairly to all regions of the state. Also, the lawmakers want a system that tracks the new jobs expected to be created as a result of stimulus spending.
Senator Betty Little is sponsoring legislation that would require state agencies to submit site plans of all state-owned residential facilities for local government review. The legislation would waive the state’s immunity from city, town and village building code review and would apply to existing facilities and new construction.
Little said she introduced the bill in response to the tragic fire last month at the Riverview group home in Wells, New York that claimed four lives. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
State Senator Betty Little today said the state budget adopted last week eliminates the STAR rebate check program, but still provides for the STAR school property tax exemption. Little said her office has received dozens of phone calls from constituents concerned that the budget has eliminated the school tax relief program completely.
The only thing worse than this year’s budget process is the product itself.
While there is a lot to not like about the plan, what concerns me the most is the absence of a job growth strategy. The new budget does nothing to ensure that two years from now, when most of the federal stimulus money is spent, our state’s economy will be stronger. In fact, by raising taxes and fees $8 billion, this plan will inflict damage on our economy at a time when families and businesses can not afford a heavier burden.
“Governor Paterson has made the right decision by scrapping the $1.3 billion so-called ‘fun tax’,” said Senator Betty Little. “Raising taxes on families and businesses would suppress economic activity at a time when billions of dollars are being pumped into our state to stimulate growth.
State lawmakers Senator Betty Little and Assemblymembers Janet Duprey, Tony Jordan and Teresa Sayward today announced a series of grants awarded to libraries throughout the North Country.
The library construction grants are made available through a $14 million capital fund approved last year as part of the 2008-09 state budget. More than 40 percent of the approximately 1,000 public library buildings throughout New York are over 60 years old.
State Senator Betty Little has moved her Capital office. The new location is Room 506 of the Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY 12247. The phone number (518) 455-2811 and fax (518) 426-6873 are unchanged.
Says federal stimulus will provide opportunity to eliminate tax hikes
State Senator Betty Little today joined her Senate Republican colleagues to urge Governor David Paterson to resubmit his executive budget proposal saying the federal stimulus aid will provide an opportunity to eliminate the $6 billion in higher taxes and fees.
State Senator Betty Little voted against a deficit reduction plan approved yesterday by the Assembly and Senate, saying that lawmakers and the public were not given an adequate opportunity to consider the $1.6 billion spending reduction plan.
State Senator Betty Little (R,C,I-Queensbury) today said she is disappointed the 2009-10 Executive Budget has not been amended to eliminate a proposal that would cap New York State’s payments of taxes on approximately 3 million acres of Forest Preserve lands in the Adirondack Park.
Writes governor with concern for smaller “mom and pop” liquor stores
State Senator Betty Little has written a letter to Governor David A. Paterson asking that his administration withdraw an executive budget proposal that would permit the sale of wine in grocery, convenience and drug stores.
Little said she is concerned liquor stores in the North Country would lose a large percentage of their sales, forcing some to lay off employees or close.
At an environmental budget hearing today in Albany, State Senator Betty Little asked Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Alexander “Pete” Grannis to rescind an executive budget proposal that would freeze state property tax payments on Forest Preserve Lands.
Statement by Sen. Betty LittleReaction to Gov. David Paterson’s State of the State AddressWednesday, Jan. 7. 2009
"Governor Paterson’s State of the State address was a somber assessment of our financial condition but also an optimistic call for hope, courage and action. We face a tremendous challenge in having to overcome a $15 billion budget deficit over the next 16 months. The