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Skelos: Senate will consider tax cap exemptions

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Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos says he's willing to consider an easing of Governor Cuomo's proposal for a hard 2% property tax cap, if that will make it more likely for the bill to become law. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has this report.

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Karen DeWitt
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Senate Leader Skelos, whose house has already approved Cuomo’s 2% cap, says he’s willing to look at a proposal to exempt pensions from the cap. Schools and local governments have complained that without that, their limited budgets under a cap will be eaten by pension costs. But Skelos says the governor has to make the first move.

“If the governor sends me a proposed change, I’m going to look at it,” Skelos said. “I’m not going to say I’m not going to look at it.”

Assembly Democrats have not yet released their proposal for a property tax cap but say it will include some exemptions.  Skelos rejects proposals, though, for a temporary tax cap, saying, it would “add confusion”, and that if cap is to work, it must be permanent.  

The Senate leader says he met privately with Governor Cuomo and asked him to stop bashing the legislature. Cuomo has disparaged lawmakers in a statewide tour promoting his agenda. Skelos says civility worked to achieve the rare on time state budget this year, he believes mutual respect can also bring agreement on end of session issues, including ethics reform.

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