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NYCF Update: Cuomo Budget; Tax Cap; Restore NY Legislative Day March 15th

February 4, 2011


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Governor Andrew Cuomo submitted his first State Budget on Tuesday. He began his second major address as Governor by  declaring that New York is “functionally bankrupt” and then stated:

“New York is at a crossroads, and we must seize this opportunity, make hard choices and set our state on a new path toward prosperity. We simply cannot afford to keep spending at our current rate. Just like New York’s families and businesses have had to do, New York State must face economic reality. This budget achieves real, year-to-year savings while restructuring the way we manage our state government. This is the first step toward building a new New York.”

The Governor’s proposed budget totals $132.9 billion. It is a 2% reduction from last year’s State Budget.

The spending reductions come from:

  • Decreasing state agencies spending by 10% 
  • Cutting $2.85 billion from Medicaid
  • Whittling education aid by $1.5 billion or 7% 
  • Eliminating 3,500 beds from the state prison system
  • Cuts to both CUNY and SUNY schools 
  • And laying off up to 9,8000 workers (as a last resort)

All of this is strong medicine, and won’t go down easy, but it appears that “Dr.” Cuomo is thus far giving the right economic prescription.

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms does have some concerns with the proposed budget: 

  • The Governor appears to have kept his word regarding no new taxes, but he is relying on other revenue enhancers to balance his budget.  This proposed spending plan includes gambling expansion in the form of new instant scratch off games, eliminating Quick Draw restrictions, increasing the payout percentage on multi-state lottery games, and allowing multi-state video lottery terminal (VLT) games.
  • Additionally, it appears that funding for embryonic stem cell research is permitted and appropriated in the proposed State Budget. 




How Do You Spell Relief?

propertytaxcapSome are suggesting that New York needs relief, and they are spelling it T-A-X C-A-P. On January 31, the New York State Senate passed Governor Cuomo’s property tax cap legislation by a vote of 45-17.

The proposal would place a cap on the growth of school property taxes at 2% or the Consumer Price Index (CPI), whichever is less.

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos noted that the tax cap “will provide real reprieve for homeowners who are struggling to make ends meet. I, along with countless New Yorkers, look forward to this cap becoming a reality, as taxpayers across the state cannot afford to wait any longer for relief.”

Senator John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee said: “New York State residents receive some of the highest property tax bills in the country, and our residents are demanding property tax relief now… The property tax cap is necessary as are other policies that get to the root of the problem, which is overspending by the state of New York.”

But Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver seemed to doubt that. The Speaker has introduced the Governor’s bill, but gave no indication of when, or if, it would come to a vote in the Assembly.  Silver indicated that he was still hopeful of “reaching common ground” with the Governor and State Senate on a tax cap.

Since both Houses of the Legislature have to pass a bill before it goes into effect, the future of property tax relief is in doubt.

Legislative Day is Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Legislative Day is only a few weeks away. You will not want to miss keynote speaker David Barton of Wallbuilders.  

Remember that to get the best pricing, you’ll want to register early.  The price increases after March 1.  

Additionally, we’re pleased to announce that we are partnering with two Capital Region hotels in offering you discounted rates for your Legislative Day stay the evenings of Monday, March 14 and/or Tuesday, March 15. To receive these discounted rates, you must make hotel reservations before March 1.


Springhill Suites Marriott

The Springhill Suites Marriott in Albany-Colonie is offering a discounted rate of $99 (plus applicable taxes) on both King Suites (one King-size bed and a sofa sleeper) and Queen Suites (two Queen-size beds and a sofa sleeper) Suites.  The normal rate is $159.99 per night. Guests can register reservations by either using the links above or by calling (888) 287-9400 and mentioning the word “family.”


The Albany Ramada Plaza Hotel

The Albany Ramada Plaza Hotel is offering a discounted rate of $75 (plus applicable taxes) on standard rooms (one King, one Queen or two Double beds). The normal rate is $89.99 per night. To take advantage of the special $75.00 rate, please call (518) 438-8431 and mention the “Restore New York” Legislative Day event.

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