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An Amish farm in St. Lawrence county. Photo: Sarah Harris
An Amish farm in St. Lawrence county. Photo: Sarah Harris

Why more Amish aren't registering for the STAR exemption, and how it's getting fixed

New York state is urging people to re-register for their STAR property tax exemption before the deadline of December 31. Even if you've done it before, you need to sign up again - it's part of an effort by the state to curb fraud.

You can register online or by phone (here's how), but what if you don't have a computer or a phone? What if, say, you're Amish?  Go to full article
New York State Capitol. Photo: Jason Paris, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
New York State Capitol. Photo: Jason Paris, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Commission: cut property, business taxes by $2b

Governor Cuomo's tax commission is recommending a $2 billion package that includes a temporary freeze on property taxes, and a cut in corporate taxes to a 40-year low.

Cuomo's tax commission is recommending a $1 billion reduction in property taxes, including a temporary halt to local government and school tax increases, as well as a decrease in the corporate tax rate. Upstate manufacturers would pay an even lower corporate tax rate, of just 2.5%. The commission also wants to increase the threshold for the estate tax from the present $1 million to over $5 million.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and former Gov. George Pataki (left) shake hands at the launch of the NYS Tax Relief COmmission in October. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/10057755304/">Gov. Cuomo's office</a>
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and former Gov. George Pataki (left) shake hands at the launch of the NYS Tax Relief COmmission in October. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office

Despite projected budget gap, Cuomo seeking tax cuts

Now that elections are over, deadlines for the state budget are rapidly approaching. Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has released a largely positive budget outlook for the New Year, though he warns of some uncertainties.

Under reforms adopted a few years ago, state officials, including the Comptroller, are required to start the budget process, which ends in late march, even earlier.  Go to full article

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Gov. Cuomo and Morgan Stanley CEO John Mack launch StartUpNY on Long Island Tuesday. Photo: Governor Cuomo facebook feed
Gov. Cuomo and Morgan Stanley CEO John Mack launch StartUpNY on Long Island Tuesday. Photo: Governor Cuomo facebook feed

New York launches tax-free business zones

New York's plan to attract new business and jobs to the state by offering them tax free space at public colleges is underway. Officials Tuesday outlined for the first time specifics about how the program will work. The Innovation Trail's Ryan Delaney reports.  Go to full article
A team of rivals: Gov. Cuomo (center) has appointed former Gov. George Pataki (left) and former NY Comptroller H. Carl McCall (right) to the New York State Tax Relief Commission. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/10057755464/">Office of Gov. Cuomo</a>.
A team of rivals: Gov. Cuomo (center) has appointed former Gov. George Pataki (left) and former NY Comptroller H. Carl McCall (right) to the New York State Tax Relief Commission. Photo: Office of Gov. Cuomo.

Cuomo taps Pataki, other former rivals for tax panel

Governor Cuomo is appointing a new tax cutting commission that he's charged with finding ways of slicing state revenues by $2 to $3 billion dollars next year.

Cuomo turned to the man who beat his father in the 1994 governor's race, George Pataki, to co chair the commission. Pataki, a Republican, defeated Mario Cuomo on a platform that included tax cuts.  Go to full article
Progressive groups wanted to testify at the Senate committee's hearing on tax breaks. From left to right, Colin Donnaruma, Occupy Albany, John Whitely, NYS Property Tax Reform Coalition, Ron Deutsch, New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness , Micheal Kink, Strong Economy for All Coalition, Gioia Shebar, Tax Nightmare.org. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Progressive groups wanted to testify at the Senate committee's hearing on tax breaks. From left to right, Colin Donnaruma, Occupy Albany, John Whitely, NYS Property Tax Reform Coalition, Ron Deutsch, New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness , Micheal Kink, Strong Economy for All Coalition, Gioia Shebar, Tax Nightmare.org. Photo: Karen DeWitt

NY's special tax breaks draw yeas and nays

Republicans in New York's state Senate held a hearing on how to cut taxes in the state. The finance committee's agenda focussed on whether some targeted special tax breaks are worth the loss of revenue.

Meanwhile, some groups complained that they'd been unfairly excluded from the discussion.  Go to full article
Photo: NYS Senate
Photo: NYS Senate

Cuomo wins some, loses some at end of session

Deals have been reached between Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders on siting new casinos and creating tax free zones at college campuses. But a bill on abortion rights was struggling, and reform measures appear dead for the session.  Go to full article
Tupper Lake isn't alone in its struggles.  Newcomb Superintendent Skip Hults is struggling to find cuts that balance his school's budget while garnering enough political support in his tiny community. NCPR file photo
Tupper Lake isn't alone in its struggles. Newcomb Superintendent Skip Hults is struggling to find cuts that balance his school's budget while garnering enough political support in his tiny community. NCPR file photo

General Brown, Minerva, Newcomb, Tupper Lake pass school budgets

Four school districts across the North Country saw their budgets approved by voters yesterday in a second round of balloting.

General Brown, Minerva, Newcomb and Tupper Lake all saw their first spending plans rejected last month, in part because they exceeded the state property tax cap.  Go to full article
New York state's Senate chamber. The Senate has one week to approve home rule legislation long sought by St. Lawrence County. Photo: JvL, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
New York state's Senate chamber. The Senate has one week to approve home rule legislation long sought by St. Lawrence County. Photo: JvL, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Bill that could raise SLC sales tax passes Assembly

Home rule legislation that would allow St. Lawrence County to raise its sales tax by one percent passed in the New York State Assembly Thursday. County legislative chairman John Putney says the bill now needs Senate approval.  Go to full article

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