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Pataki Vows to Approve Gas Tax Cut

Governor Pataki says he will sign the gas tax cut bill passed by the legislature. The governor says he doesn't think the legislation goes far enough, and some lawmakers agree with him. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

School Budget Votes Today

Voters in New York have the opportunity to vote on their local school budgets today. Schools say extra aid from the Governor and legislature this year have helped keep costs down to property taxpayers. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Local Schools Fear Invisible Costs

Martha Foley has the regional view on today's school budget votes.  Go to full article

Albany Deadlocked on Gas Tax Relief

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

Farmers, Lawmakers to Fight Bush's "Milk Tax"

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

Empire Zones Renewed, With Safeguards

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
St. Lawrence County's aging jail
St. Lawrence County's aging jail

Counties Bear Burden of Incarceration

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

Lewis County Wind Farm Gets Go-Ahead

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
A Mohawk anti-tax billboard on Rt.37
A Mohawk anti-tax billboard on Rt.37

Mohawks Threaten Toll Booths to Offset Tax

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
All smiles at King's Marina, Syne (Missy King, right)
All smiles at King's Marina, Syne (Missy King, right)

Tax Threatens Mohawk Entrepreneurs

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

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