Michael H. Ranzenhofer's News items

Monthly Column: Wanted: more mandate relief from Albany

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer, State Senator – 61st District

As I mentioned in my July column, A ‘new start’ for New York State, the 2011 Legislative Session marked a dramatic turnaround for the State.  Certainly, the passage of an on-time budget, a strong property tax cap, landmark ethics reform and NY SUNY 2020 were positive steps.  But I also stressed that there is still more work to be done – especially by providing savings, through mandate relief, to school districts and local governments, and ultimately to taxpayers.

August 18, 2011
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Monthly Column: A “New Start” for New York

By Michael H. Ranzenhofer, State Senator - 61st District

After years of record spending increases and countless tax and fee hikes, the conclusion of the 2011 Legislative Session marked a dramatic turnaround for State government.  With new leadership in the Senate, as well as a new Governor, a lot was accomplished– including an on-time budget, property tax cap, ethics reform, and NY-SUNY 2020.

New York still faces major challenges ahead and a great deal of work needs to be done, but I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some of the positive steps that were taken during this year’s session:

July 26, 2011
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Join the Fight Against the Executive Budget Proposal's Tax Increases

Join my fight against these outrageous taxes. Click on the link below to sign my on-line petition to let Governor Paterson know NO MORE TAXES!!!!! Join the Fight and sign my online petition by clicking here. Click here to see additional images named TAXES in the photo gallery as well. Below you will find a list of tax proposals. •Restructure the Clothing Exemption. Eliminates the sales tax exemption for clothing and footwear priced under $110 and replaces it with two, one-week exemption periods for clothing and footwear priced under $500.

March 9, 2009
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New State Laws To Take Effect January 1, 2009

An expansion in net metering allowances for wind/solar generated power highlight the list of new laws scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2009.

January 13, 2009
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Legislative Hearings On 2009-2010 Executive Budget Proposal Announced

The Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means Committees have announced the Joint Legislative Hearing Schedule on the 2009-2010 Executive Budget submitted to the Legislature by Governor David Paterson. Hearings on programmatic areas of the budget will begin on January 13, 2009 and continue through February 4, 2009.

LEGISLATIVE PUBLIC HEARINGS ON 2009-2010 EXECUTIVE BUDGET PROPOSAL

January 13 -- Environmental Conservation, Hearing Room C, 10:00 AM

January 13, 2009
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Legislative Public Hearings on 2009-2010 Executive Budget Proposal Announced

The Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means Committees have announced the Joint Legislative Hearing Schedule on the 2009-2010 Executive Budget submitted to the Legislature by Governor David Paterson. Hearings on programmatic areas of the budget will begin on January 13, 2009 and continue through February 4, 2009.

January 1, 2009
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