In October, the Green Jobs/Green New York Program was enacted into law. This new initiative invests in a cleaner New York while at the same time creating job opportunities. At a time when economic development is on life support, it is initiatives like this that are needed to stimulate our economy .
Mid-Hudson Region (which includes Dutchess County) will receive $67 million and the Capital Region (which includes Columbia County) will receive $62.7 million in competitive grant monies earmarked for economic development and job creation.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $785 million has been awarded through the Regional Economic Development Council initiative, continuing the Governor's efforts to redesign the way state government works in order to drive economic growth and create jobs.
Middle class tax cuts that will reduce tax rates for millions of hardworking taxpayers and the two-percent property tax cap highlight new state laws that will go into effect on January 1, 2012.
The recently enacted tax cuts will reduce tax rates on middle class taxpayers to their lowest levels in more than 50 years (Chapter 55, L.2011). About 4.4 million middle class taxpayers will receive a total of $690 million in personal income tax relief.
Bills Would Help Lessen Use of Some Pesticides and Prevent Unnecessary Disposal
The New York State Senate has passed two bills that would reduce the amount of pesticides that are unnecessarily released into the environment. The bills have environmental and economic benefits by reducing the amount of pesticides needing to be applied or disposed of as hazardous waste.
Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C – Poughkeepsie) is hosting a free informational Lyme disease seminar – “Be Tick Free!” for Dutchess County residents. Due to the importance of the information provided in this seminar, “Be Tick Free!”will be offered on two separate dates and locations in Dutchess County.
The first seminar will take place on Tuesday, May 29, from 10:00 AM – 12:00 NOON, in Rooms B & C, at The Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home in Hyde Park. The second seminar will take place on Thursday, June 7, from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, at the Roy C. Ketcham High School Auditorium, 99 Meyers Corners Road in Wappingers Falls.