New York State’s new budget is predictably unwieldy and opaque. While preserving most of Governor Cuomo’s spending priorities, it thankfully does not impose excessive new taxes on already overtaxed residents. But the budget does reflect the state’s fiscal pressures, which Albany has done little to relieve.
The Facts You Need to Know
Earmarks: The budget appropriates $425 million in extra money for the State and Municipal Facilities Program, a slush fund through which Cuomo rewards political allies. Read more.
Uncapped: School districts continue to work around the state’s property-tax increase cap by floating taxpayer-backed bonds that allow them to spend more. Read more.
SALTy: To get around new federal deductibility limits, the budget includes an optional employer-payroll tax so complicated and narrowly targeted as to be almost useless. Read more.
“As usual, crucial financial details were unclear when the Legislature voted on the final bills.”
The Past is Present
“Anxious to retain one-percenters, Governor Cuomo rehearses some clumsy tax solutions.”
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