New York State Senate

NY Senate, Assembly, Have Very Different Tax Plans

Mar 10, 2016

Senate Republicans say their version of the state budget will include a nine-year phase-in of tax cuts that would eventually total a 25 percent reduction for middle class taxpayers.

GOP Leader John Flanagan of Long Island says when the Senate Majority releases its budget plan later in March, it will include a phase in of over $4 billion dollars in tax cuts. They include an extension of a temporary tax cut for middle income earners, which would gradually be reduced to a rate of just over five percent for those who make $300,000 a year or less.

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Democrats in the New York State Senate are pushing for some reforms that directly address problems that led to the arrest and resignation of the Assembly Speaker. They want to virtually ban all outside income for lawmakers.

The proposals come two-and-a-half weeks after the Democratic Assembly Speaker, Sheldon Silver, was arrested on corruption charges, and one week after he resigned as speaker.

Silver is charged with subverting his employment at two private law firms to gain nearly $6 million dollars in kickbacks and bribes.

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Women’s rights bills were once again debated in the legislature, but ended in a political stalemate, with none of the provisions coming any closer to passage by both houses.

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The New York State Senate and the Assembly have approved a measure to send more than 200 speed cameras to Long Island and New York City. That includes 69 cameras in Suffolk County and 56 in Nassau County.

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News this week that the FBI raided the offices of yet another New York State lawmaker has pushed into the limelight a little known piece of legislation authored by a Long Island senator. Babylon Republican Phil Boyle has, for the last 15 years, wanted lawmakers to live in a dorm.   

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