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Report: New Yorkers Pay Highest Taxes

A new report says New Yorkers pay the highest taxes in the nation. The group that compiled the data, the watchdog Citizens Budget Commission, is holding a conference on ways to reform budget making in New York, which they believe could help state residents pay less to live here. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

New York Has Highest Local Taxes In U.S.

New York state has the highest local taxes in the country, according to a new report issued by a tax watchdog group. The Citizens Budget Commission says residents in New York pay seventy-two percent more in local taxes than the national average. Brian mann has details.  Go to full article

Tobacco Tax Delay Irks Non-native Merchants

Convenience store owners are angered by Governor Pataki's decision to delay a new law that would have forced Native American tribes to pay taxes on some cigarettes they sell. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Seneca President Lobbies Against Tax Collections

The Seneca Nation says it will fight a new law that would collect sales taxes on cigarettes sold on reservations to non-natives. The President of the Seneca Nation says he can't rule out violent protests if state officials try to enforce the December 1st law. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

$21 Million Essex County Jail Approved

The Essex County board of supervisors voted this week to build a 120-bed jail in the town of Lewis. The controversial project has been debated for decades and could cost as much as 25 million dollars. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Pataki Takes Budget Message On The Road

Governor George Pataki toured parts of the state to bring his anti-tax message to New Yorkers. At the Capitol, Legislative leaders castigated him for not acting on the budget bills. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

New Taxes for NYC?

New York State Assembly is considering a bill that gives the City of New York authorization to get out of its budget jam by imposing new taxes. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Essex County Jail Must Close: Could Mean Higher Costs For Taxpayers

New York state has given Essex County thirty days to close its outdated jail. The Plattsburgh Press Republican is reporting that a new engineering report found health and safety violations. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

NY Medicaid Cuts "Threaten" Nursing Homes: Some May Close

Faced with a massive budget deficit, Governor George Pataki wants to cut hundreds of millions of dollars from the state Medicaid program. Nursing homes in the north country say the plan will mean fewer services for elderly residents. Some homes are threatening to close. But as Brian Mann reports, some critics say nursing homes should operate more efficiently.  Go to full article

Commentary: Tax Cuts and Hope

In Washington, lawmakers continue to wrangle over President Bush's proposed $726 billion in tax cuts. The senate voted to support half that amount as the country is at war and faces a record-setting deficit. Many Democrats have said cuts will disproportionately benefit the rich. Commentator Jill Vaughan says that argument isn't likely to engage the North Country's poor, because the issue seems far away and irrelevant.  Go to full article

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