Governor Cuomo’s commission to study tax cuts will miss a Friday deadline (missed the deadline) to report it’s findings by December 6th, after controversy over former Governor George Pataki’s desire to cut income taxes for all wage earners, including the wealthy.
Although the tax commission has now bogged down over co chair and former Governor George Pataki’s push to lower income tax rates, it’s original charge was to look at ways to lower New York’s highest in the nation property taxes, as well as finding ways to reduce business taxes.
One of the most controversial recommendations in Governor Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission report released this week is to enact public financing of campaigns for statewide elections.
The majority of the 25 Moreland Act Commissioners say a public campaign finance system modeled on New York City’s matching donor system is the only way to curb the undue influence of big money donors in state government.
Advocates and lawmakers at the Capitol are reacting to Governor Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission report. It offers scathing criticism of what the commission says is a corrupt culture in Albany, and recommends numerous reforms.
The Moreland Act Commissioners offer withering criticism of what they sat is a “pervasive culture” of illegal corruption and what they call “legalized bribery” ingrained in a campaign finance system where large donors hold sway over which legislation gets approved, and which bills are suppressed.