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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...
News stories tagged with "tax"
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
May 16, 2003 — Mohawk tribal chiefs spoke publicly yesterday for the first time since signing a landmark memorandum of understanding with Governor Pataki Monday. If it survives a long approval process, the deal would settle land claims, allow a Mohawk casino in the Catskills, and establish tax parity with non-native convenience stores. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
May 13, 2003 — Governor Pataki and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe yesterday broke a two decades old impasse when they signed an agreement to settle the tribe's land claims in St. Lawrence and Franklin counties. The deal also addresses tobacco and gas sales to non-natives and a Mohawk-owned casino in the Catskills. David Sommerstein has more. Go to full article
May 09, 2003 — The signing ceremony for a deal between New York State and the Mohawk tribe is on hold after objections arose from some of the parties involved in a land claim against the state and criticism among tribal members. The agreement, which also involves a casino deal, will go through. David Sommerstein helps sort out the complications. Go to full article
May 08, 2003 — Governor Pataki and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe are reportedly close to an historic agreement that would resolve casino and taxation issues and long-standing land claims in St. Lawrence and Franklin counties. But a signing ceremony for the settlement worth 100 million dollars was postponed at the last minute yesterday. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
May 07, 2003 — Seeking more revenue for the budget, the state legislature passed a bill requiring the collection of sales tax on non-natives purchases at native stores. Tribes in New York - and Governor Pataki - say it's unenforceable. But as David Sommerstein reports, the St. Regis Mohawks may be proposing a middle ground. Go to full article
Apr 15, 2003 — The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe has uncovered a cigarette tax fraud scheme that defrauded the tribe of 3 million dollars. As David Sommerstein reports, two local print shops have been producing counterfeit tobacco tax stamps for a year. Go to full article