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So as you may have heard, it’s the last (scheduled) day of New York state’s legislative session today, and it’s looking like a long one for legislators before they head out for the season. I actually just heard via email from our...
The Assembly voted unanimously today to cap tax assessments on agricultural land at 2% increases per year. The bill now goes before Governor Andrew Cuomo for his signature. Because farmland is valued by the crops it can produce, and the price of...
NCPR’s Joanna Richards reported this morning on agriculture advocates’ support of a bill currently in the New York State assembly that would slow the rise of property taxes for farmers. A couple weeks ago, Joanna covered the story in...
New York City is awaiting a NY Supreme Court ruling on whether its law capping soda size at 16 ounces will go into effect next month. Vermont is taking the idea in a somewhat different direction. The VT House of Representatives is considering a...
News stories tagged with "tax"
May 03, 2006 — As gas prices remain above 3 dollars a gallon across most of the North Country, lawmakers in Albany want to give drivers some relief. They've targeted the 4% state tax on gasoline. But politics as usual is getting in the way. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Feb 08, 2006 — Dairy farmers will join New York and Vermont's congressional delegations to fight a proposed "milk tax" in President Bush's 2007 executive budget. The budget calls for a 3 cent fee on every hundredweight of milk. It also cuts a milk price compensation program by 5 percent. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Apr 04, 2005 — As a part of the budget, lawmakers agreed to extend one of the state's main economic development programs. The Empire Zones program gives more than 9,000 businesses tax credits to locate in New York and create jobs. There are almost a dozen Empire Zones in northern New York. The new legislation heightens reporting requirements for companies that get tax breaks. And it links benefits more closely to job creation. It extends the program until 2015. David Sommerstein spoke with North Country Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine. He says the program is designed to help distressed communities. Go to full article
Jan 26, 2005 — The population in New York's county jails is rising fast, by almost 25% in the last five years. It comes at a time when state officials are pressuring counties to close aging facilities. The result is an explosion in new jail construction. In the North Country, the price tag will well exceed a hundred millions dollars. Warren and Washington counties have opened new jails in the past two years. St. Lawrence, Essex, Herkimer, and Clinton counties are in the planning stages. As David Sommerstein reports, the costs of building the new facilities and housing inmates will fall on local taxpayers. Go to full article
Oct 04, 2004 — Construction of one of the largest wind farms in the East is expected to begin on the Tug Hill Plateau next spring. The project had been delayed for several years because a renewable energy tax credit was stuck in Congress. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Oct 01, 2004 — The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe says it may charge a toll for drivers and Seaway ships to cross its territory. The move would be in retaliation for the federal government enforcing a gas tax that could cost the tribe millions of dollars and hundreds of jobs. As David Sommerstein reports, tribal officials say the tax threatens non-native economies too. Go to full article
Sep 23, 2004 — When one thinks of business on the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation near Massena, casinos, cigarettes, and gas stations usually come to mind. Because native people are exempt from taxation, those commodities have been rare bright lights in an otherwise bleak economic picture in Indian Country. A new federal tax regulation threatens to devastate Akwesasne's gas station industry. As David Sommerstein reports, it may also endanger a fragile entrepreneurial economy that's sprouting up alongside the mainstays. Go to full article
Mar 30, 2004 — While Albany haggles over how to reform education aid, school superintendents have more bad news about their budgets for next year. From Carthage to Crown Point, school budget projections call for teacher cuts, reduced athletic and extracurricular programs, even school closings, while still asking for double digit tax increases. Jim Dawson is the northern New York representative to the state board of Regents, which sets education policy in New York. He spoke with David Sommerstein during a visit to Massena. He says the Regents are calling for an $880 million increase in state aid to schools. Go to full article
by Karen DeWitt
Feb 06, 2004 — Convenience store owners want the state government to collect taxes on cigarettes sold on native lands. They've begun what they say is a grass roots campaign to try to convince the public that the taxes should be collected. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
Nov 19, 2003 — An international human rights commission is reviving a 15 year-old Mohawk trade dispute with Canada. The case centers on whether Akwesasne Mohawks in the U.S. can carry goods duty-free across the border to trade with other native tribes. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article