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May 27, 2009
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Testimony from May 21 public hearing on business and banking tax reform

On May 21, 2009, the Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform held a public hearing in New York City to evaluate the equitability of New York State's business and banking tax structures and their effectiveness to foster economic growth statewide. The Select Committee heard oral testimony from 10 experts and collected written testimony from several other interested parties.

Below are links for the testimony that was submitted to the Select Committee. The Select Committee's staff will issue a report detailing the key findings and conclusions from the testimony.

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Transcript of May 21, 2009 public hearing

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Testimony from James Parrot of the Fiscal Policy Institute

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Testimony from Peter Faber of The Partnership for New York City

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Testimony from Michael Smith of the New York Bankers Association

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Testimony from Matthew Gardner of the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy

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Testimony from Angela Miele of the Motion Picture Association of America

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Testimony from Nancy Lancia of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association

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Handout from Nancy Lancia of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association

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Testimony from the Clearing House Association

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Testimony fron John Huddleston of the Multi State Commission

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Testimony from Nathan Newman of the Progressive States Network

May 22, 2009
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Protesters decry proliferating illegal hotels: Elected officials, housing advocates and labor reps will rally Thursday evening in Hell’s Kitchen

By Lisa Fickenscher

The number of illegal hotels in the city has grown 20% over the past 12 months and a group of elected officials, housing advocates and labor representatives plan to protest the proliferation Thursday at a rally.

The 280 illegal hotels in New York City are not only depleting the supply of affordable housing units, they are siphoning away business from legitimate hotels, said Jackie Del Valle, director of organizing at Housing Conservation Coordinators, a nonprofit that represents low-income tenants.

May 21, 2009
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Dueling gay marriage rallies draw thousands

By Duncan Osborne and Paul Schindler

In an event that generously mixed politics and religion, thousands of opponents of marriage equality for same-sex couples rallied outside of the East Side office of Governor David Paterson on Sun., May 17, calling on the State Senate and God to stop the advance of gay marriage in New York.

“The day will come when the hand of God shall use these people to take him out, out, out,” said the Rev. Miguel Rivera, president of the National Coalition of Latino Ministers, referring to Paterson’s political future.

May 21, 2009
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Senate Passes Legislation to Aid Unemployed as Tens of Thousands Face Loss of Benefits

Albany, NY—Today, State Senator Liz Krueger praised the New York State Senate for passing critical legislation (S.4110-A) which will provide an additional 13 weeks of extended unemployment benefits to nearly 120,000 current or soon-to-be unemployed New Yorkers. 

May 19, 2009
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Leaders continue tax reform deliberations

By Anna Helhoski

At their second open meeting on property tax reform, legislative leaders heard Gov. David A. Paterson’s request for both houses of the Legislature to put out their best property tax reform bills to inch the state closer to a positive end result.

May 19, 2009
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Media Advisory: Senate Holds Hearing on Corporate Franchise and Bank Tax Reform

For Immediate Release:  May 15, 2009Contact: Travis Proulx (W) 518.455.2415 (C) 518.729.8013

SENATE HOLDS HEARING ON CORPORATE FRANCHISE & BANK TAX REFORMTax Policy Experts, Progressive Taxation Advocates, Wall Street Leaders to Testify

May 18, 2009
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Testimony from April 30 public hearing of New York State's business taxes

On April 30, 2009, the Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform held a public hearing in Rochester to weigh the fairness of New York State's Corporate Franchise Tax and the effectivess of its tax expenditures. The Select Committee heard oral testimony from six experts and collected written testimony from several other interested parties.

Below are links for the public hearing transcript and testimony that was submitted to the Select Committee. The Select Committee's staff will issue a report detailing the key findings and conclusions from the testimony.

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Transcript of April 30 public hearing

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Testimony from Ken Pokalsky of the Business Council of New York State

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Handout from Ken Pokalksky off the Business Council of New York State

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Handout from Ken Pokalsky of the Business Council of New York State

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Testimony from Jon Greenbaum of Metro Justice of Rochester

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Testimony from Judy Seil of the Monroe County Industrial Development Agency

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Testimony from Christopher Weist of the Rochester Business Alliance

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Testimony from Christopher Koetzle of the Support Services Alliance

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Testimony from Brian Sampson of Unshackle UPstate

May 18, 2009
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Guv, Mayor Headline Marriage Equality Rally

By Paul Schindler

Four hours after a largely Latino crowd led by anti-gay Bronx Democratic State Senator Ruben Diaz gathered outside the governor's office on Third Avenue in Midtown, a crowd of marriage equality supporters rallied on Sixth Avenue a block east of Times Square.

May 18, 2009
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Reform likely for property taxes

By Maury Thompson

The long-discussed concept of a "circuit breaker" property tax credit appears headed for approval by the state Legislature this year, area legislators and property tax reform advocates said.

The new credit, an income tax deduction based on a portion of local property taxes homeowners pay, is considered to be just a first step in the overall goal of reforming the property tax system.

May 18, 2009
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Senate Democrats Hold First Open Conference

By Karen DeWitt

 Senate Democrats let journalists into their normally closed door party conference Wednesday, to witness a discussion of ideas to clamp down on the state's highest- in- the- nation property taxes.

Senate Majority Leader Malcom Smith says he hopes to have more open party conferences in the future.

"This is our first one," said Smith. " We hope that we'll get some good feedback from the public."

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May 13, 2009
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Crane Bill Passes Senate

By Dan Rivoli

State Sen. Liz Krueger’s bill that creates new guidelines for the re-inspection of building violations passed the Senate last week.

The bill would force the Department of Buildings to re-inspect a property within 60 days of receiving hazardous work violations. As the law stands, companies deemed hazardous by the city could abuse the self-certification rule that allows them to inform the Department of Buildings that the site is up to code.

May 7, 2009
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Senate Passes Liz Krueger's Major Construction Safety Legislation Including Civil Penalties for Hazardous Violations

Senator Krueger Calls it a Major Victory for Ensuring Public Safety

Albany, NY—New York City won a huge victory for construction and building safety today when the New York State Senate passed a bill creating new guidelines for the re-inspection of all hazardous violations issued by the NYC Department of Buildings (DoB) and civil penalties for hazardous violations.  The bill was sponsored by Senator Liz Krueger whose district was the site of two deadly crane collapses within the last year.

May 6, 2009
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Senator Liz Krueger Calls for Environmental Action on Earth Day

Urges Passage of Key Environmental Legislation

Albany, NY—Today, in support of Earth Day, State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan), called for New York to take action for the environment.

May 6, 2009
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Select Committee video of public hearing on business tax reform

The Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform hears testimony at a Rochester public hearing, where experts weighted the fairness of New York State's Corporate Franchise Tax and the effectiveness of its tax expenditures in spurring economic growth. The event was held on April 30th.

May 4, 2009
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NO THANK YOU, UNCLE SAM: NYC KEEPS 'SNAP' STANCE

By Chloe Tribich

Among the various groups of people who are qualified by the federal government to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits – SNAP, formerly known as food stamps – there are those who have jobs and those who don't, those who are on welfare and those who aren't, those with and without children, disabled and able-bodied.

May 4, 2009
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Senate Passes Construction Safety Legislation

By David King

The Senate passed a bill today that requires the NYC Department of Buildings to re-inspect construction sites that have been issued hazardous violations . There is currently no mandate in place for the buildings department to re-inspect sites that have dangerous code violations and therefore companies have little motivation to correct the problems.

April 29, 2009
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SENATE HOLDS ROCHESTER HEARING ON CORPORATE FRANCHISE TAX REFORM

Fiscal Policy Institute, Unshackle Upstate, and others to testify on creating a fairer business tax code

April 28, 2009
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Select Committee video of public hearing on personal income tax reform

The Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform hears testimony examining concerns over fairness and volatility in New York State's personal income tax system. The public hearing, which explored progressive changes to the personal income tax system, was held on March 12 in Albany.

April 24, 2009
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