Bob Brandon, Daphne Kenyon, Bob Cohen

September 9, 2010. Bob Brandon, Campaign Director of Americans for Responsible Taxes, discussed the current debates about the federal tax cuts that are scheduled to expire at the end of 2010, including the tax cuts enacted under President Bush in 2001 and 2003. He also discussed and the improvements in the American Opportunity Tax Credit (for college expenses), the Child Tax Credit, and the Earned Income Tax Credit that were enacted as part of the 2009 Recovery Act and which benefit millions of low- and moderate-income working families.

Daphne Kenyon, a public finance economist and a Visiting Fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy discussed the studies that she and her colleagues at the Lincoln Institute have done in recent years on various approaches to property tax relief, and why they concluded that a well- designed Circuit Breaker is the most effective, equitable and efficient way of providing property tax relief.

Bob Cohen, Policy Director, for Citizen Action of New York and its affiliated research organization, the Public Policy and Education Fund discussed the importance of the federal budget to New York State and the impact of the tax policy debates currently going on in Washington, DC. Bob also discussed how interested organizations and individuals can get involved in the work of Americans for Responsible Taxes, whose New York activities are being coordinated by Citizen Action of New York.