Materials from TREND – Tax Reform Effort of Northern Dutchess

June 23, 2008TREND NY Poll Says New Yorkers Prefer Circuit Breaker over Cap. The Tax Reform Effort of Northern Dutchess conducted a random automated phone survey of more than 500 registered voters, and found that New Yorkers prefer a property tax circuit breaker to a property tax cap two to one.

March 6, 2008. Presentations from Changing the Property Tax System in New York, a conference sponsored by TREND in Hyde Park.

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Working Families and Economic Security in New York: How Effectively Do Work Supports Bridge the Gaps?

June 11, 2008. Thirty percent of New Yorkers in working families can’t cover basic needs with their wages. This report analyzes the effectiveness of “work support programs” (such as food stamps, Child Health Plus and the Earned Income Tax Credit) in bridging the hardship gap experienced by 5.7 million New Yorkers – that is, the gap between family wages and a basic family budget standard. Work supports make a difference, but more must be done. Press release, full report.

Broad-based coalition unites to oppose arbitrary property tax cap

June 10, 2008. In a joint press release, representatives of a diverse group of organizations summarized the key shortcomings of property tax caps like the proposal advanced by Gov. David Paterson. The coalition members argued that New York needs property tax relief, but that an artificial cap would harm educational programs and doom efforts to close the achievement gap. Read the release >>

Extending the State Fiscal Relief Provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

June 8, 2010. The federal government’s failure to extend its increased share of state Medicaid costs would leave New York with an additional $1.06 billion in state budget cuts – on top of the cuts already on the table as part of Governor Paterson’s 2010-2011 gap closing plan. In this analysis, FPI calculates that if the state decided to fill the additional $1 billion dollar gap through workforce reductions, the number of layoffs would be in the 15,000-16,000 range. Another alternative, reductions to Medicaid reimbursement rates, would result in large numbers of hospital and nursing home layoffs and would seriously undermine patient care.

Testimony on Proposed Legislation Addressing Real Property Taxation Issues

June 2, 2008. Presented by FPI Executive Director Frank Mauro to the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government and Assembly Standing Committee on Real Property Taxation. The Middle Class STAR rebate program is better targeted than the original STAR program in that in takes income into consideration. However, Middle Class STAR is still not efficient and equitable property tax relief, since it does not take the size of a homeowner’s property tax bill into consideration and it is still based on county and school district average of important variables. A circuit breaker like S.1053-a/A.1575-a would address both of these shortcomings. The bill would be improved by a broader definition of income. Read the testimony >>

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