Jun 18, 2004 — New York's legislature is log-jammed over a court-ruling that is expected to reshape school funding in the state. Here in the north country, school districts and local governments are funded largely by property taxes. Brian Mann spoke with state Senator Betty Little, who says property taxes have risen to crisis levels. She passed two bills this session aimed at shifting some of the burden to sales taxes.
UPDATE: On Thursday, Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver announced that he'll block the casino compact this session, as part of an effort to push Native casinos in the Catskills. Speaking with the Plattsburgh Press-Republican, Senator Little says the Akwesasne casino's future is "precarious".