New York, NY –
New Yorkers who download music from the internet, get haircuts, and belong to a gym have dodged potential taxes on those activities. Governor Paterson reached an agreement with state lawmakers to pull the unpopular taxes from his budget proposal, and use federal stimulus money to replace the $1.3 billion they would have raised.
We have always believed that working families are the backbone of this state, says Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. "They need relief from the ever-rising cost of living in New York State."
Still, some $2.8 billion in OTHER new taxes and fees remain on the negotiating table. The new fiscal year starts April 1st, and the state is facing a $13 billion deficit.
Amy Eddings is the local host of “All Things Considered,” which airs from 4 PM until 8 PM weekdays. She started hosting in 2004, after long-time host JoAnn Allen left for the West Coast. Before ATC, Amy was a reporter. Her favorite topics were--and still are--garbage and recycling, which she still reports on whenever she can get out of the studio.