Brian Zumhagen has been a weekend anchor at WNYC since 2003. His career in journalism started in 1993, with an internship in the press office of the German Green Party’s parliamentary delegation. Brian went on to spend the rest of the ‘90s working as a reporter, producer, and fill-in anchor at NPR member station KQED in San Francisco. He’s returned to Germany several times over the years for reporting projects. Most recently, he won a grant from the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship to produce radio features for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Before coming to WNYC, Brian was a frequent contributor to PRI’s The World. He reported for the program on 9/11 and served as the show’s United Nations correspondent during the run-up to the Iraq war. Brian lives in Queens with his wife and children.
Final Approval of NJ Property Tax Plan Expected Today
Monday, February 05, 2007
New York, NY –
New Jersey's plan to cut property taxes is expected to get final legislative approval in the State Senate today, after the plan was found to be constitutional. WNYC's Brian Zumhagen has more.
State AG Stuart Rabner dismissed Republican objections and ruled that lawmakers have broad discretion under the state constitution to consider household income when calculating property tax relief. The plan advanced by Democrats includes a 20% property tax cut for households earning up to $100,000.
The reduction would be 15% for those earning up to $150,000 and 10% for households making up to $250,000. The plan, which has already passed the state Assembly, would also cap annual property tax increases at 4%. But Governor Corzine and Democratic leaders have committed to permit limited exceptions to the cap.
Critics say that could keep the door open to annual property tax hikes as high as 7%. For WNYC, I'm Brian Zumhagen.