In order to provide middle-class taxpayers across the State with relief from soaring property taxes, Senator Flanagan worked with members of the Senate Republican delegation to put forward an amendment to a budget extender that would provide relief to Long Island’s property taxpayers.
Unfortunately, Senate Democrats unanimously voted down the Republican-sponsored amendment that would have enacted a property tax cap, prevented school districts from raising local tax levies this year, and provided middle-class taxpayers across the State with relief from soaring property taxes.
Recently, Governor Paterson announced after a private meeting with the Democratic leaders of the Senate and the Assembly that the repeal of sales tax increases on clothing was “on the table”. This latest tax increase would remove the ability of our residents to purchase clothing items under $110 without paying state sales tax which has been the law since initiated under the Republican majority in the Senate to help everyone afford the necessities their fam
For the second consecutive year, the New York State Senate has completed an early passage of the state budget. The 2012-13 state budget achieves the Senate Republicans’ goals of reducing state spending, not raising taxes and creating new private sector jobs. The new state fiscal year begins April 1st.
2012-13 STATE BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS
STATE SPENDING GROWTH HELD UNDER TWO PERCENT
> The $132.6 billion spending plan limits all-funds spending growth to 1.9 percent. For the second year in a row, state spending growth is less than the two percent spending cap advocated by Senate Republicans and placed on local government and school budgets.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with the other members of the Senate Republican Conference to unveil the “Homeowner Protection and Property Tax Rebate Act,” a major new tax cut initiative aimed at protecting the taxpayers of New York State.
The main focus of the plan is the restoration of the property tax rebate plan for every middle-class taxpayer. The rebate would reimburse homeowners based on how much they pay in property taxes and how much they can afford.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today voted for the New York State Senate’s 2013-14 budget resolution. The budget, which is an answer to the proposal put forth by Governor Andrew Cuomo in January, was formulated by the Senate Majority Coalition.
The Senate budget resolution, which will now be the focus of negotiations between the Senate, the Assembly and the Governor, focuses on helping businesses create new jobs, investing additional funds in education and transportation, providing needed tax relief for middle class families, restoring the property tax rebate program for senior citizens, providing mandate relief to local governments and restoring proposed cuts to women’s health programs and programs for the developmentally disabled.