Governor With HIs Onondaga County BFF Joanie Mahoney at Rainy Fair

Governor With HIs Onondaga County BFF Joanie Mahoney at Rainy Fair
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Friday, February 22, 2013

Be bolder in tax break reform - Times Union

    I don't know if the Governor's "pension smoothing" will work, but I do support his efforts to curtail the practice of handing out....or in most cases, selling...various tax exemptions in the name of "economic development."
    Mr. Cuomo's proposed budget seeks to restrict things like sales tax exemptions which are handed out by IDAs in exchange for fees.
     Hey, I regularly invest in my business and would love to not pay sales tax on building materials and services....But I think I should pay my "fair share."
     You see , it's not taxation that bothers me so much, it's the hand outs for the well-connected, the "not-for-profits" with six figure executive directors, and various others who get to transfer title for a day to avoid taxation.
      Let me make it as clear as I can....The elected representitives are charged with deciding who has to be subjected to the confiscatory power of government through taxation.
      Why are these unelected bodies, bureaucracies and lawyers given the power to obviate taxation in exchange for God knows what ?
      I know....let the professionals do it. Well, I've had enough and have seen enough, although I bear no personal animus towards those who do such things.
Be bolder in tax break reform - Times Union

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Remember your logic - isnt the county in charge of passing the sales tax? Therefore, they have complete control of how it is distributed. Right?

Anonymous said...

Even a broken clock is right once in a while.

But typical Cuomo would be to pretend to wants to get rid of it but actually just take control of it so he can personally use it to punish and reward.

Mark my words...he will not actually get rid of the practice when you read the fine print, but the MSN will write the headlines as if he did.

Anonymous said...

The waters are parting, Mayor Graham said something supportive of Gov. Cuomo.

Anonymous said...

Drive through the neighborhoods of NYC. Look around. These are the sections of NY that matter, because there are so many people living there. We don't represent enough votes to matter to a guy like Mussolini. He'd do anything to secure the votes of the Dumbasses. The record is clear on that. So don't spend a lot of time worrying about it. All this talk of tax policy is relevant, as the Dictator will take as much money as necessary to buy the votes of his machine.

Jeff Graham said...

The distribution of the local share of sales tax stems from an agreement between the county and whatever city is in the county, as only those two governments have a statutory claim on sales tax.
Towns and villages can benefit it they are included in the deal, but as we saw in the most recent Onondaga-Syracuse agreement, sometimes they are left out when the pie is whacked up.
I agree the Governor will try to control the process through the Regional Councils, so yet the details should be examined.

Anonymous said...

Waters parted ? Graham agrees with Cuomo too much for my liking

Anonymous said...

You don't have statutory claim over sales tax passed by the county. You may pre-empt and pass legislation to collect sales tax inside the city boundaries. I believe that figure is 1.5% which is likely be far less than currently collected by the city.

Anonymous said...

Mikey never let facts get in his way of taking a shot at Graham or anyone else that he is petrified of. The fact is that Graham has been very vocal in his support of Cuomo's agenda 99% of the time.

Anonymous said...

8:33 writes in to threaten the mayor with loss of sales tax everytime he criticises something in county government. wonder where 833 works ?