It should come as no surprise to those that follow our work to read this article, by Joe Spector of Gannett. We have said for years now that the pension system in New York needs to get fixed and that there are viable options. It is why we pushed so hard for the cap. The cap […]
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Category: General Musings
Living in New York, as we all know, has its financial challenges. We’ve been pretty clear that a business tax climate that ranks 50th in the US is not acceptable and neither are property taxes that are 78% above the national average. We’ve taken steps over the past few months to fix both…remember that Property […]
Earlier today the Empire Center released a report, http://www.empirecenter.org/pb/2011/08/migration1080311.cfm, validating what we already know here in Upstate New York…that our jobs and our people are leaving. Again, this is no surprise to us. According to the report, the migration of New Yorkers is far from a new trend. About 7.3 million people have left for […]
So here we sit today waiting for what is now called the “big ugly” (what a bill that has many issues in it as opposed to being a single bill is known as), to get introduced and passed by both houses. From there, the “big ugly” is off to the Governor for his signature. So […]
Today is tax day! Not a happy point in time for some people that have to pay both federal and state taxes. And of course, that makes me want to talk about a tax that many of us pay…property taxes. Nearly everywhere I travel, I hear New Yorkers talk about their frustration with property tax […]
Why is it that once the budget is passed, there seems to be a sense that we no longer have to think about the finances of the state? Do people think that because the budget that was passed spends less and doesn’t include new taxes, we are all set? You’ve probably heard that Bobby McFerrin […]
1,479. Does anyone know the significance of that number? No, it’s not a new calculation on the debt burden we all carry for the state. Nor is it a potential new tax we may have to cover in 2011. It is the total number of votes that currently has the control of the New York State Senate up for grabs.
In just 11 days, on November 2nd, 212 candidates, both new and old, will be elected to the New York State legislature, 62 members to the Senate and 150 members to the Assembly. These legislative races could possibly make or break our state. It is important that you know who represents you and what THEY truly represent. It’s time to GOTV – Get Out the Vote!
We have just 14 days left until JUDGMENT DAY! It is the moment we’ve all been waiting for and your ONE vote counts! Let’s take a look back at what New York State taxpayers have been faced with so you will remember how important it is for you to vote on November 2, 2010.
The Nov. 2 elections are critical to our state’s future. A recent editorial in the Buffalo News shows us exactly why.