2013 saw more state lawmakers indicted, jailed, convicted, and even participating in the wire tapping some of their colleagues. The continued corruption spurred Governor Cuomo to appoint a commission to look into the legislature. Will 2014 be the year Albany finally sees reform?
After a new wave of indictments against state lawmakers in the spring, Governor Cuomo tried to convince the legislature to adopt public financing of campaigns, the closing of loopholes for large donors, and better policing of the laws.
One of the top issues of the 2014 legislative session will be taxes. While Governor Cuomo wants to cut taxes, some, including New York City Mayor elect Bill de Blasio, want to raise them. Karen DeWitt takes a look at where the battle lines are forming.
In a year where Governor Cuomo and all 213 of the state’s legislative seats are up for re election, it’s not a big surprise that the legislative session would focus on tax cuts.
Governor Cuomo appointed two tax commissions to study the issue, but even before they were finished, he was already signaling his intentions.
A new audit by the State Comptroller finds that out of a sample of state workers at state agencies and authorities, more than one fifth were double dipping, being paid for two jobs while doing only one.
The new legislative session is just a few weeks away. Governor Cuomo says he’ll still make anti-corruption measures a high priority as he did in 2013. But he says he’ll likely deal with economic issues, like proposed tax cuts, first.
Governor Cuomo’s budget director outlined more details of the governor’s tax commission proposals to cut property and business taxes in the state.
Governor Cuomo is under pressure from Republicans to cut income taxes, and from New York City Mayor elect Bill deBlasio to raise income taxes on the rich. But he says the state ,which already has a temporary income tax surcharge on the wealthy, needs to address its highest in the nation property taxes right now instead of personal income taxes, also known as the PIT.