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Reasons For Reform

Tax Commission Presents Recommendations To Bring Relief To Home, Business Owners

December 11, 2013

Citing three years of “fiscal integrity,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Tax Relief Commission believes it has found a solution for New York’s high taxes....

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madman

Dec-12-13 7:54 AM

fmd, we probably agree on more than you think...I am a fiscal conservative democrat...yes some of us do exist

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WestSider

Dec-11-13 8:47 AM

I'm pleased to see this, though I don't believe it goes far enough. Using a budget surplus to ease taxpayer burdens is fine and all, but what happens when the surplus is gone? We'll get a sharp increase in taxes and the root of the problem will still exist. I agree with Mr. Horrigan (and I've heard Sam Teresi make the same point): Mandate Reform is where it's at. Unfunded state mandates are choking cities like Jamestown and it's not going to be long before our cities topple under the burden.

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askwhy

Dec-11-13 8:14 AM

They call it "fiscal integrity" when they pass mandate after tax mandate down on property owners to cover public pensions and all the while the pension investments regain value, and now they sit on a surplus they want to "redistribute" as "tax relief" to those they choose. Tell it like it is!!!

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Yankees1

Dec-11-13 8:01 AM

I agree with Madman. You can't cut taxes without cutting spending. Tax relief is great (and needed) but I get the feeling that if we get tax relief over here, without spending cuts, a fee or surcharge will have to be increased over there to make up for it.

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fmd1934

Dec-11-13 7:38 AM

Holy Cow Madman, we agree on something !

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madman

Dec-11-13 6:59 AM

Debate, discussion, committes, commissions are all great, but nothing seems to come from all of this. How about start instituting some of these good idea, and I don't mean starting in 2015. I am of the belief that you must relieve most if not all of the mandates but on the locals by Albany. And to me, most of the mandates center around medicaid/welfare reform and legacy pension costs. Something has to be done in both areas or all of these good ideas are for nothing.

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