By passing its one-house budget bill last week, the New York State Senate moved one step closer to a fourth consecutive on-time budget. The budget resolution controls spending and builds on the progress of the past three years to stabilize the State’s finances.
The Senate’s budget resolution reduces taxes to help small businesses and manufacturers to create jobs; makes greater investments in education; and provides property tax relief for homeowners.
Senator Ranzenhofer explains his vote against confirming four candidates for the Board of Regents, and updates constituents on the Senate's Budget Plan and the flawed roll-out of Common Core by the State Education Department and Board Regents.
Senator Ranzenhofer discusses his opposition to the placement of sex offenders in residential group homes, remembering Flight 3407, and upcoming opportunities for residents to let their voice be heard on the 2014 State Budget.
In mid-January, Governor Cuomo unveiled his Executive Budget proposal for 2014-2015. Now, the budget review and approval process is in full swing.
Many of the tax relief proposals outlined in the State of the State address were outlined in greater detail, including a two-year freeze on property taxes, lowering business taxes, eliminating taxes for Upstate manufacturers, and accelerating the phase-out of the utility tax. As I mentioned in my column last month, these proposals may have the potential to continue chipping away at New York’s high tax burden. However, closer examination is required.
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State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that the Public Assistance Integrity Act has passed the State Senate earlier this week by a vote of 53 to 4.
“I am pleased to announce that the Public Assistance Integrity Act has passed the State Senate with almost unanimous support,” said Ranzenhofer. “Unfortunately, until the State Assembly takes final action on this fraud prevention measure, there is no law in New York State to prohibit Electronic Benefit Transfer cards from being abused and misused.”
Senator Ranzenhofer discusses the Governor's State of the State address and Executive Budget proposal, legislative proposals to reform the implementation of Common Core Learning Standards, and the reopening of the Space Lab Planetarium at Williamsville North High School.
The New York State Senate convened last Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. for the first time in 2014 to officially begin this year’s Legislative Session and to receive an update by Governor Cuomo on the State of the State. The message of the annual address could be summarized best by two words: tax relief.
The Governor’s presentation outlined a series of tax relief initiatives, including a two-year freeze on property taxes, lowering business taxes, eliminating taxes for Upstate manufacturers and accelerating the phase-out of the utility tax.
State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer talks about the importance of passing legislation to implement the "Jobs for Heroes" program in New York State. Currently, almost forty other states are utilizing this program to honor our veterans.