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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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Staff Report to the New York State Senate Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform on Exploring Progressive Changes to New York State’s Personal Income Tax System

The State Senate Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform has received a staff report detailing the key findings and conclusions from its first public hearing on March 12. 

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Staff Report to the Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform

April 24, 2009
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Property tax cap pushed

By Paul Post

 A broad coalition of groups is pushing an Omnibus Bill whose main component, a “circuit breaker,” would cap people’s property taxes based on their income.

Led by state Sen. Liz Krueger, D-Manhattan, backers touted the proposed legislation at a press conference in Albany.

Supporters include New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness, a fiscal watchdog group, whose executive director, Ronald Deutsch, lives in Greenfield.

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April 24, 2009
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Testimony from March 12 public hearing on New York State's personal income tax system

On March 12, 2009, the Senate Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform held its first public hearing in Albany to explore progressive changes to New York State's personal income tax system. The Select Committee heard oral testimony from 10 experts and collected written testimony from several other interested parties.

Below are links for the transcript of the public hearing and 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.

April 23, 2009
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Public Hearing: Exploring progressive changes to New York State’s personal income tax system

The recession and its strangle hold on New York State’s traditional revenue sources have exposed vulnerabilities and inequities in the state’s tax policy. New York State’s overdependence on tax revenues from Wall Street, coupled with the mounting financial pressures on middle-income households, have created an imperative for lawmakers to reassess how and where New York State pulls its revenues.

March 12, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Public Hearing: Public Hearing on Corporate Franchise and Bank Tax Reform

Evaluating the equitability of New York State’s business and banking tax structures and their effectiveness to foster economic growth statewide

May 21, 12:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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Public Hearing: Weighing the fairness of the Corporate Franchise Tax and the effectives of its expenditures

For years, New York State has taken a shoot-at-the-hip approach toward economic development in regard to its use of tax benefits. Their aim has been questionable. Their results, hit or miss.

April 30, 12:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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State Senator Liz Krueger and the NYS Maple Producers Association Present New York's Rich Maple History

Public school students from P.S. 77 will spend a morning learning about maple syrup's history and production through a variety of interactive workshops. Maple syrup has been a staple of New York's agricultural industry dating back to pre-colonial times. To this day the maple syrup industry in upstate New York provides many jobs and is a significant part of the State's economy.

April 7, 2009
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Senate Approves Red Light Cameras

By Bud Lowell

The State Senate has approved a package of bills that will allow Rochester, Buffalo and other upstate New York cities to install red light cameras.

The cameras are set up at crash-prone intersections to catch people who run red lights. Police send a notice of liability and a $50 ticket to the registered owner of the car.

New York City has had the cameras in use since 2006, and State Senator Liz Krueger of Manhattan says they've saved lives. She predicts upstate communities will discover the same thing.

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April 7, 2009
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No crime too big to take away a public pension

By Susan Schulman

Being a crooked cop can cost a police officer his job, his reputation and even his freedom. But not his pension.

Consider Buffalo Detective Sylvestre Acosta, who is serving 45 years in prison, and also collecting a $40,544 annual pension. Or fellow narcotics investigator Gerald T. Skinner, whose $54,751 disability pension was approved while he was behind bars.

April 5, 2009
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No crime too big to take away a public pension

By Susan Schulman

Being a crooked cop can cost a police officer his job, his reputation and even his freedom. But not his pension.

Consider Buffalo Detective Sylvestre Acosta, who is serving 45 years in prison, and also collecting a $40,544 annual pension. Or fellow narcotics investigator Gerald T. Skinner, whose $54,751 disability pension was approved while he was behind bars.

April 5, 2009
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After much partisan debate, State Senate OKs budget

By Tom Precious

This year’s state budget received final approval Friday in the State Senate but only after overcoming a week of partisan wrangling, an ailing senator whose hospital visits shut down the Senate and even a lost suit jacket that kept a senator off the chamber’s floor.

The $131.8 billion spending plan, including more than $8 billion in new revenue-raising ideas imposed on residents and businesses, came three days late amid a nasty debate in the Senate that was as much about the spending plan as next year’s elections.

April 4, 2009
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Senator Krueger Praises Senate for Restoring $1.2 Billion to Health Budget and Moving New York Towards Primary & Preventive Care Model

(Albany, NY) – Senator Liz Krueger praised the New York State Senate for passing its healthcare budget today and for restoring more than $1.2 billion of the proposed $3.3 billion worth of cuts in the Executive budget.

 

April 3, 2009
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Senator Liz Krueger Praises Senate for Passing Expanded Bottle Bill as Part of the Budget

Albany— An expanded Bottle Bill finally received the New York State Senate’s approval after being bottled up for several years under the Republican controlled State Senate. In the original Bottle Bill, passed in 1982, only carbonated beverages such as soda and beer required a 5 cent deposit.  The new bill will expand the original Bottle Bill to include bottled water.

April 3, 2009
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Senator Liz Krueger Praises Senate for Passing Expanded Bottle Bill as Part of the Budget

Calls it a Win for the Environmental and Business Communities Albany— An expanded Bottle Bill finally received the New York State Senate’s approval after being bottled up for several years under the Republican controlled State Senate. In the original Bottle Bill, passed in 1982, only carbonated beverages such as soda and beer required a 5 cent deposit.  The new bill will expand the original Bottle Bill to include bottled water.   

April 2, 2009
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Senator Krueger Praises Senate for Restoring $1.2 Billion to Health Budget and Moving New York Towards Primary & Preventive Care Model

Albany, NY) – Senator Liz Krueger praised the New York State Senate for passing its healthcare budget today and for restoring more than $1.2 billion of the proposed $3.3 billion worth of cuts in the Executive budget.

April 2, 2009
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Senator Liz Krueger Praises Senate for Passing Expanded Bottle Bill as Part of the Budget

Calls it a Win for the Environmental and Business Communities Albany— An expanded Bottle Bill finally received the New York State Senate’s approval after being bottled up for several years under the Republican controlled State Senate. In the original Bottle Bill, passed in 1982, only carbonated beverages such as soda and beer required a 5 cent deposit.  The new bill will expand the original Bottle Bill to include bottled water.   

April 2, 2009
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Senator Krueger Praises Senate for Restoring $1.2 Billion to Health Budget and Moving New York Towards Primary & Preventive Care Model

(Albany, NY) – Senator Liz Krueger praised the New York State Senate for passing its healthcare budget today and for restoring more than $1.2 billion of the proposed $3.3 billion worth of cuts in the Executive budget.

April 2, 2009
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Affordable Housing Advocates with Senate Democrats

New York State Senators Liz Krueger, Malcolm Smith,Ruth Hassell-Thompson and Kevin Parker are joined by affordable housing advocates in unveiling Senate Democrats plan on the steps of New York City Hall

March 31, 2009
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