The Poughkeepsie Journal editorialized on the state’s shortfall on August 5th noting “they should have seen this coming”. Well, I did, as did my Republican colleagues. Each of us who cast a no vote and spoke out on this egregious assault on our wallets saw this coming.
People are angry and rightly so. I am outraged. The three leaders in state government, all Democrats, all from New York City, adopted a budget that imposes $8 billion more in taxes and fees while eliminating STAR rebate checks and increasing spending by $18 billion – during the worst economic times since the Great Depression! Soon after we emerged from the bloody budget battle, every Senate Democrat supported the MTA bail-out that delivered another staggering blow to Dutchess County.
Today, thirty-two members of the Senate elected for a change in leadership and more importantly voted for real reform of the Senate. The Senate Republicans with the support of two members of the Democrat conference adopted rules which create a more transparent, open process and establish equitable representation among all regions of the State.
I am encouraged and hopeful that our bipartisan coalition elected today will deliver reform and results which will place the Senate in a much better position to get our State back on the road to fiscal recovery.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today released figures showing the $4.3 million loss suffered by over 6,200 property taxpayers in Columbia County now that the STAR rebate checks have been eliminated by the Democrat leadership in the 2009-2010 State Budget.
“As the new Senate Majority, the Senate Democrats have eliminated STAR rebate checks from tens of thousands of real property taxpayers in Columbia County, including more than 3,500 senior citizens – to the painful tune of nearly $3.4 million in Columbia County alone,” Saland said.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today released figures showing the $24.4 million loss suffered by nearly 34,000 property taxpayers in Dutchess County now that the STAR rebate checks have been eliminated by the Democrat leadership in the 2009-2010 State Budget.
“As the new Senate Majority, the Senate Democrats have eliminated STAR rebate checks from tens of thousands of real property taxpayers in Dutchess County, including more than 10,000 senior citizens – to the painful tune of nearly $24.4 million in Dutchess County alone,” Saland said.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), on the recommendation of the Ravitch Commission, has proposed a payroll tax on all wages in the Hudson Valley counties served by the MTA – Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Westchester and Rockland. The Commission, instituted by the Governor to develop ideas to ease the MTA’s severe financial problems, proposed a tax of 33¢ on each $100 of wages paid in these five counties.
“We hear it on the television and read it in the newspapers – Americans are losing their jobs at an alarming rate,” said Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie). “In fact, it was recently reported that more than 78,000 Americans lost their jobs in one day. That’s proof positive that job creation initiatives must be part of the 2009-10 State Budget to turn around the economy in New York and the Hudson Valley.”
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today joined Germantown Supervisor Roy Brown in announcing that the New York State Senate has helped the Town obtain a disbursement of $70,825 from the New York Power Authority Petroleum Overcharge Restitution Fund to help the reduce energy costs at four town buildings.
A few weeks ago, the taxpayers of Dutchess County learned of Dutchess BOCES’s plan to present a $30.3 million bond proposition for a capital project. While there were varied opinions on the merits of the proposal, many immediately questioned their use of a single polling place for in excess of 165,000 voters.