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To Bond or Not To Bond? Cuomo's Budget Asks the Question

Monday, January 20, 2014

Budget analysts are asking why Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to pay to overhaul New York’s classrooms by issuing $2 billion in debt while also cutting taxes by the same amount.

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Can NYS Afford $2 Billion in Tax Cuts?

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to cut more than $2 billion in taxes for New Yorkers.

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Comptroller Says State Probably Can Afford Tax Cuts, But Just Barely

Friday, December 20, 2013

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says he’ll need to see more details and end of the calendar year state revenue figures before deciding whether the state can afford $2 billion in new tax cuts that Governor Andrew Cuomo is likely to propose.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues: Tax Cuts vs. Tax Reform

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: How individual and corporate taxes — and potential changes to their rates and distribution -- impact the economy. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.

 

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Who Had the Better Week—Cuomo or Christie?

Friday, July 27, 2012

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo helped end the Con Ed lockout, while New Jersey Governor Chris Christie headed for the beach.

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The Takeaway

Senate Passes Democratic Tax Bill, 51-48

Thursday, July 26, 2012

A political war is coming over the Bush tax cuts, and the first real battle was fought in the Senate on Wednesday. Todd Zwillich, Washington correspondent for The Takeaway, discusses yesterday's vote and next week's action in the House.

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Representative Van Hollen on Congress' Tax-Cut Showdown

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Budget policy is at stake during Congress' current tax-cut showdown, but the situation is a role reversal from last summer, with Democrats are taking a hard-line stance on taxes. Representative Chris Van Hollen, a ranking Democratic member of the House Budget Committee, explains the situation on the floor.

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Watch: President Obama on Tax Cut Extension

Monday, July 09, 2012

President Barack Obama delivered a statement from the White House on Monday where he called on Congress to extend the Bush-era tax cuts to families making less than $250,000 a year. 

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The President to Call for Extension of Some Bush-Era Tax Cuts

Monday, July 09, 2012

President Obama is calling today for a one-year extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for people who make less than $250,000. The Obama proposal differs from the Republican plan, which would extend tax cuts for both middle and upper-class Americans.

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Explainer: How Candidates Take on the Tax Code

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

President Obama's "Buffett Rule," requiring at least a 30 percent effective tax rate on millionaires, was introduced in the Senate on Wednesday. Here's what your tax return could look like if he—or any of the other candidates for president—has his way.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

US Uncut on Tax Day

Monday, April 18, 2011

Andrew Boyd, member of the National Coordinating Group for US Uncut, and Chuck Collins, co-founder of US Uncut, senior scholar at the Institute for Policy and director of the Program on Inequality and the Common Good, talk about US Uncut's efforts to advocate against the tax loopholes for large corporations, what they propose as a solution and last week's GE hoax.

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Budget Showdowns, Government Shutdowns, and Paul Ryan's Proposal

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

You need to take on entitlements, but you also need to deal with the revenue side of picture. The fact that [Rep. Paul Ryan] left the Bush tax cuts intact certainly skews the program such that people who come out better are people who are richer, and people being asked to shoulder the burden are those on the lower end of the income scale.

John Heileman, national affairs editor for New York magazine, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Stucknation: Tax Shelters and Shorting the Economy

Sunday, March 13, 2011

In the immediate aftermath of Japan's worst earthquake on record and the cataclysmic tsunami that followed, the business wires found a silver lining.

Now, they cheerfully chirped the Yen was showing surprising strength. Why? Because odds were improving that Japanese multinational companies would begin to repatriate tens of billions of ...

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WNYC News

Silver: Chances of Keeping Millionaires Tax Are 'Poor'

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, speaking a month before the state budget is due, said the likelihood of retaining the so-called millionaires tax in New York was "poor" as support  for the temporary income surcharge appeared to wane.

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Why Cuomo's More Jersey Than Connecticut

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Governor Cuomo has a decision to make: does he want to be more like a guy from Connecticut or a guy from New Jersey?

The governor, a native New Yorker, might shudder at that choice. But as he, like so many other governors, faces this year’s budget battle, he has two colleagues to compare to: the Nutmeg State’s newly elected Democrat Dan Malloy and the Garden State’s slightly more seasoned Republican Chris Christie. As Cuomo’s campaign against public sector employees and his defense of the state’s wealthiest residents demonstrate, he has much more in common with his Republican neighbor across the Hudson.

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Closing Tax Loopholes: Obama's Best Shot?

Thursday, January 27, 2011

By all measures, President Obama began his 2012 campaign on Tuesday night. He used big numbers—not just ones with dollar signs attached, but ones that exist only in imaginations: 2035. 2020. 2015. The thinking was grand, the planning long-term, the rhetoric Sputnik-ed.

And yet, one of the president’s proposals in his State of the Union address was all about the fine print: closing tax loopholes. Absent from the speech was a broad-stroke promise to raise or lower taxes. The closest Obama came to doing so was a thinly-veiled threat to eventually let the Bush tax cuts expire for the wealthiest Americans, this after agreeing to extend them only last month.

Regardless of what happens to the top tax bracket, focusing on tax loopholes is a shrewd move politically, particularly with the president’s 2012 reelection campaign now in view. It realigns the tax debate on the minutiae of the federal code, getting away from the same old tax-versus-spend back and forth.

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You Take That Back! A Look at the Challenge of Repealing Federal Law

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Republican leaders in Congress have started the debate about repealing the health care overhaul legislation, and plan to vote on the repeal on Wednesday. In advance of the vote, It's A Free Country takes a look at how other repeal efforts in American history have fared.

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It's A Free Country All-Stars on the Coming Political Year

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

If future compromising will mean that Obama basically keeps extending tax cuts and lives up to so many conservative principles, I’m all for compromise.

Karol Markowicz, It's A Free Country blogger

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Lame Duck Congress: What Was The Biggest Accomplishment?

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

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After months of Congressional stalemate, the lame duck session saw a flurry of activity. Round the clock discussions and deals resulted in landmark legislation reaching President Obama's desk almost daily. All this started days after Republicans gained the majority of seats in the House of Representatives and Obama's popularity seemed to be at an all-time low. See below for a list of the accomplishments, and let us know what you think of the lame-duck session's busy month.

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Obama Talks About Achievements, Failures During Lame-Duck Session

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

President Barack Obama praised bipartisan efforts to pass key legislation during the lame-duck session, calling it "the most productive post-election period we've had in decades" during a press conference from the White House on Wednesday.

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