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Statement from Senator Ranzenhofer on Reinstating STAR Rebate Checks in Budget

"I lead the fight for homeowners, seniors and middle-class families on the Senate floor today and proposed an amendment to the State budget that would have reinstated STAR rebate checks for each and every homeowner in Western New York.

Unfortunately, Senate democrats rejected my proposal, refusing to provide tax relief for homeowners that already pay some of the highest property taxes in the nation. As a result, families will lose an average of $369 in Erie County and $525 in Genesee County for 2009 in much needed property tax relief.

April 3, 2009
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Democrats Pass Largest Tax Increase in State History; Ranzenhofer Leads the Fight to Restore STAR Rebate Checks

Albany, NY - With millions of Western New Yorkers working harder than ever to balance their own family budgets—and with businesses struggling to cope with an historic economic downturn, the Democrats have passed a State Budget that includes massive increases in spending and the largest tax increase in state history. The whopping $132 Billion dollar plan increases spending by $10.5 billion or roughly 10% and includes $8 billion dollars in new taxes and fees.

April 3, 2009
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SFY 2009-10 Executive Budget General Fund Fee Increases (cont.)

SFY 2009-10 Executive Budget General Fund Fee Increases (cont.)

April 1, 2009
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SFY 2009-10 Executive Budget Special Revenue Funds Fee Increases

SFY 2009-10 Executive Budget Special Revenue Funds Fee Increases

April 1, 2009
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SFY 2009-10 Executive Budget Special Revenue Funds Fee Increases (cont.)

SFY 2009-10 Executive Budget Special Revenue Funds Fee Increases (cont.)

April 1, 2009
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SFY 2009-10 Executive Budget Special Revenue Funds Fee Increases (cont.)

SFY 2009-10 Executive Budget Special Revenue Funds Fee Increases (cont.)

April 1, 2009
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Senator Ranzenhofer Promotes Shared Municipal Services at the LeRoy Highway Department

Pictured (from left to right): Dave Uberty, LeRoy Town Supervisor Tim McCulley, Stafford Town Supervisor Bob Clement, Stafford Highway Superintendent Steve Boldt, Senator Mike Ranzenhofer, Genesee County Legislator Jay Grasso, LeRoy Highway Superintendent John Arneth, and Part Owner of George & Swede Company Greg Newell.

April 1, 2009
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Senator Michael Ranzenhofer is Introduced on the Senate Floor

January 7, 2008 -- Senator Michael Ranzenhofer is formally introduced on the Senate floor

April 1, 2009
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SFY 2009-10 Executive Budget Tax Increases

SFY 2009-10 Executive Budget Tax Increases

April 1, 2009
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SFY 2009-10 Executive Budget General Fund Fee Increases

SFY 2009-10 Executive Budget General Fund Fee Increases

April 1, 2009
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Ranzenhofer Says No to Job-Killing Tax Increases

Tonawanda,  NY – Speaking outside of Office Furniture Center, State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer blasted Governor Paterson’s proposed increases in taxes on Health Insurance and Utility rates.

March 28, 2009
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Ranzenhofer Stands With Our Seniors for Lower Prescription Drug Costs

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer, Ranking Republican member of the Senate Committee on Aging, announced his support for the idea that New York’s elderly should be allowed to purchase lower cost prescription drugs from outside of the United States. Senator Ranzenhofer has been a strong advocate for our seniors in the State Senate, including his strong advocacy for the restoration of Senior STAR Rebate checks.

March 25, 2009
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Statement from Senator Ranzenhofer on NYPA's recent actions

“The New York Power Authority’s rejection of a 12.1 % rate increase or more accurately a tax increase on hydroelectric power and cancellation of outrageous bonuses to its employees is a major victory for Western New Yorkers today. The New York Power Authority finally understood Western New Yorkers’ message that it’s absolutely irresponsible for the Power Authority to raise rates while paying out outrageous bonuses to its employees.

March 24, 2009
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Ranzenhofer announces reissue of Purple Heart Stamp

State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer announced that the United States Postal service will reissue the Purple Heart Stamp at the First-Class price of 44 cents beginning this May.

March 24, 2009
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Ranzenhofer Calls on State Leaders to Reinstate STAR Rebate Program

Tonawanda and LeRoy, N.Y. – New York State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer called on Governor Paterson and State leaders to reinstate the STAR Property Tax Rebate checks in the 2009-2010 State budget today.

After tremendous pressure from the community and others across the State, the three Democratic leaders from New York City removed only $1.3 Billion in fees, leaving $5 billion in new fees and taxes still intact. The Governor and Democratic legislators have failed to reinstate the STAR rebate checks.

March 20, 2009
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NYPA Rate Increases and Bonuses Outrageous

Amherst and Albany, NY – Senator Michael H.

March 20, 2009
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Thompson Proposal Leaves Taxpayers Holding the Bag

Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer today expressed his disbelief at a bill being offered by Sen. Antoine Thompson that would offer two additional paid days off per child to all 332,000 state workers to “participate in child’s education”. This bill would be in addition to an excused leave program that already allows state and local government workers to take paid time off in addition to their sick and personal leave and vacation time for specific reasons.

March 16, 2009
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