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Map showing all SUNY campuses in New York. Source: NYS
Map showing all SUNY campuses in New York. Source: NYS

Cuomo's tax-free zones draw mixed reviews

Governor Cuomo has been traveling the state promoting a plan to allow new businesses to go tax-free for up to a decade if they locate near a State University campus. The plan, which is yet to be drafted into bill form, has raised some questions.

Governor Cuomo has been to several key upstate cities in recent days, promoting a plan to declare tax-free zones around state college campuses, in hopes of attracting new businesses.  Go to full article
Keene Central School, Keene Valley, NY
Keene Central School, Keene Valley, NY

Stressed schools face troubling budget votes

Across the North Country voters go to the polls to decide the fate of their local school districts, electing new school board members and approving or rejecting school budgets.

This isn't just another ho-hum year for school districts. For half a decade, many districts have faced a nightmare of declining, or flat state aid, skyrocketing costs, a property tax cap and in some parts of the region, sharply declining enrollment. Those pressures have pushed some districts to the brink.  Go to full article
Voter, 2012. Photo: Julie Grant
Voter, 2012. Photo: Julie Grant

Most School Budgets Expected to Pass

Voters in New York go to the polls on Tuesday, May 21 to approve new school budgets. The State School Boards Association finds that many school districts are living within the limits imposed by a property tax cap enacted two years ago.

The School Board Association's Tim Kremer says a survey of the state's school districts finds that the vast majority are budgeting within the strictures of the tax cap, and as a result, 93 percent expect their budgets to be approved by voters.  Go to full article

New York state to crack down on tax evasion

It's tax day, and New York state says it's cracking down on tax evasion.

In a press release, New York State Tax Commissioner Tom Mattox says he's expanding a partnership with the State Police to aggressively pursue people who don't pay their taxes.  Go to full article

Reform Group: Big campaign donations mean big tax loopholes

A group pressing for public campaign financing has compiled a list of large corporations who gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to some New York lawmakers. They charge that the donations are preventing the legislature from closing what they say are corporate tax loopholes.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivering his Executive Budget Address on Jan. 22, 2013. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/">Flickr
Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivering his Executive Budget Address on Jan. 22, 2013. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via Flickr

Cuomo's low-key budget plans may yet generate drama

Governor Cuomo is trying to have a no-drama budget this year, with a low-key presentation and a fiscally austere spending plan, with no major cuts or new taxes.

But growing opposition from the teachers' union and local governments may yet result in some sparks flying before the deal is settled in late March.  Go to full article
New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. Photo: Comptroller's office
New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. Photo: Comptroller's office

NY Comptroller: fiscal cliff worst for low and middle incomes

The budget showdown, with its possibility of the nation heading over a "fiscal cliff", has gotten lots of attention in recent weeks. If Congress doesn't make a budget deal by year's end, it will trigger an end to many tax breaks, and automatically cut spending on federal programs.

In his blog this week, Watertown Mayor Jeff Graham calls all the concern "media hype." He says it doesn't matter if tax rates revert to the levels they were before President George W. Bush took office.

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli disagrees. He says the other side of the fiscal cliff will be particularly bad for New York's middle and lower income families.  Go to full article
New York Thruway. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mpd01605/">MPD01605</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
New York Thruway. Photo: MPD01605, CC some rights reserved

NY Thruway authority postpones meeting

The New York Thruway Authority has postponed a meeting scheduled for Friday, Nov. 9, and rescheduled it for Tuesday, Nov.13. While there's no official agenda, opponents of a toll hike on trucks believe the matter will be voted on when the board meets.  Go to full article
Should the Horace Nye Nursing Home be privatized?  (Photo:  Horace Nye website)
Should the Horace Nye Nursing Home be privatized? (Photo: Horace Nye website)

Workers, residents rally to save Horace Nye nursing home

On Saturday more than a hundred people rallied at the Horace Nye nursing home in Elizabethtown. Essex County supervisors may vote as early as tomorrow to privatize the home, as a cost-cutting measure. Opponents say the home is a vital service provided by the county.

As Brian Mann reports, counties across the North Country and across New York state have been scrambling to privatize care for the elderly.  Go to full article
Students on strike in Montreal. Photo: Yanik Crépeau
Students on strike in Montreal. Photo: Yanik Crépeau

Montreal tense after months of student unrest

Austerity measures in Europe have sparked protests and political chaos. But belt tightening has also sparked unrest closer to home. In the province of Quebec, a plan to hike university tuitions has led to weeks of violent rallies, civil disobedience, and clashes with police.

As North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann reports, the US Consulate in Montreal has issued a security warning to American travelers in the city.  Go to full article

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