I know how confusing healthcare insurance issues can be, and in times like these, with new Federal legislation, these issues can get even more complicated. My office has received a great many calls from constituents seeking assistance in navigating issues of access to healthcare and in dealing with Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance. As New York State moves toward implementing Federal healthcare reform, there are many new questions about what changes to expect. This newsletter is an effort to address some of these questions.
In reviewing what summer 2010 will be remembered for, I am struck by the BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf, the hottest summer on record in New York City and a disturbing upsurge in Islamophobia throughout the US, including right here in New York City.
Early September this year brings the Jewish New Year (L’SHANA TOVA 5771 to those of you who are celebrating) and so too the end of Ramadan for the Muslim community, which is celebrated with a big feast, that happens to fall on September 11th this year. Jewish and Muslim holidays move dates every year due to solar changes.
(Albany, NY) – Today, the New York State Senate Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform released a staff report detailing how the State’s sales tax is failing to keep pace with economic and technological trends.
The sales tax, which then-Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller passed in 1965 to provided added aid to municipalities and schools, is being impacted by economic, technological and political trends. These trends — examined in the report — include:
· the shift from an industrial-based economy to a service-based economy;
· rampant growth in sales tax exemptions and credits;
· uncollected sales tax revenues because of mail order and Internet sales.
This summer New York has experienced record-breaking heat, which has lead New Yorkers to take refuge inside, where there are cooler temperatures. But lower temperatures inside often lead to higher energy costs. To help you save both energy and money, Senator Krueger recommends you take the following steps to make your home more energy-efficient:
Use Energy Star Products
Energy-efficient products may be more expensive to purchase but over time you can save about 30% on your energy bill. Energy Star-qualified appliances use 10 to 50% less electricity than standard models. Go to http://www.energysavers.gov to get tips on how to save energy and which energy efficient products you can buy.
“311” is a free service available via phone (3-1-1) and the internet (www.nyc.gov/apps/311/) that offers access to government services. Through 3-1-1 you can obtain information, report a problem and request services. To best utilize these services and ensure your requests and/or concerns are addressed, Senator Krueger has outlined, belwo and in the attached report, the best course of action to get the results you need.
SENATOR KRUEGER UNVEILS REFORM PACKAGE TO COUNTERBALANCE NEW YORK’S STRUCTURAL BUDGET DEFICIT
Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform report identifies June 1 as a superior fiscal year start date for New York State
(Albany, NY) Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) released today a comprehensive package of legislation designed to install into New York State’s budget process the discipline and forward thinking that have long been absent from its fiscal planning process.
The Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform has released a 2009 Annual Report, which highlights the activities of the committee during its first year of operation.
By the beginning of 2009, it became evident that New York tax policy needed a thorough review. The ad hoc changes to the state’s revenue system have created a tax structure that is not linked to current policy goals. The tax system is riddled with loopholes and tax expenditures that need to be re-evaluated to determine whether they serve a public purpose.
In his State of the State address in January, Governor Cuomo proposed a comprehensive Women’s Equality Act, bringing together a number of key measures that have failed to move in Albany in the past, including protecting a women's freedom of choice, achieving pay equity, stopping sexual harassment, and ending family status, source-of-income, and pregnancy discrimination.
This is a comprehensive and compelling agenda, but it needs your support. Anti-choice advocates have mobilized in opposition to the reproductive health provisions of the governor’s proposal, and many other aspects of the proposal have long been obstructed by the business lobby.
Please sign Sen. Krueger's petition supporting the Women's Equality Act agenda.Your support is vital to passing this long-overdue legislation and advancing the cause of equality in New York State.