Anna Sale

Anna Sale appears in the following:

Property Tax Cap Leads to Stark Choice in New Jersey Town

Monday, April 25, 2011

If you want to whip an audience into a frenzy in New Jersey, bring up property taxes.

Within five minutes of greeting the crowd at a town hall last week, Governor Chris Christie landed on the surefire crowd-pleaser, taking credit early for the two-percent property tax cap he signed last July.

“People said it would work. Now the early returns are in,” Christie told a town hall in Jackson, New Jersey last week. Out of 566 towns in New Jersey, just 14 opted to ask voters to approve a higher rate. That’s the rightful place for the decision, he told the friendly audience at a retirement community in Jackson, New Jersey.   

“I want to put the power in your hands to make that decision, take it out of the hands of politicians that have screwed this up so badly over the past thirty years that we’re in the spot we’re in," he said.

Christie speech went on to chastise the "do-nothing" legislature, in contrast to his "reform agenda."

But the story is a little more complicated in Brick Township, along the Jersey Shore. It's one of the 14 towns asking for more than two percent higher taxes. It's asking residents to approve a budget that exceeds it by $8 million, the biggest increase of all the towns.

It’s a big ask, and the town is giving residents a stark choice: pay the higher taxes, or the town will stop collecting your trash.

The question goes right at the heart of the budget fights being fought in towns across the country. Resentful taxpayers feeling exploited and angry after year after year of increases, while the local unions have their backs up after Wisconsin and Governor Christie’s persistent hammering. A referendum vote on Wednesday is forcing residents to pick a side, and some feel boxed in by a cap that was supposed to lighten their load.

Comments [2]

Trump’s Business Troubles and Triumphs: Will They Matter?

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Like in business, politics can be a shell game, where bluster and feigned disgust commingle with truth. In the private sector, precisely worded contracts and tinkered corporate stru...

Comments [9]

Malloy Blasts Infrastructure Spending Cuts: 'This Is Not a Time to Be Timid'

Friday, April 15, 2011

In a political climate with a chorus for cutting, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy is underscoring that he's going a different way.

"We need to argue our case," he told a regional planning gathering in New York City on Friday. "This is not a time to be timid."


Paul Volcker on Debt: This is 'the Debate We Need'

Friday, April 15, 2011

The White House might want to position President Obama as "the adult in the room," but that mantle surely goes to Paul Volcker when he darkens any door. 

And on the day after Obama laid out his vision for reducing the national debt, and hours after Congress passed historic cuts in the middle of a fiscal year, Volcker said, "It's all getting in line for the debate we need."

Comments [2]

Tax Day: Let the Tea Party Rallies Commence!

Friday, April 15, 2011

The IRS decision to extend this year's deadline to April 18 is proving a boon for the Tea Party, who now has a long weekend to protest Tax Day. And despite the Tea Party's lagging pu...

Comments [3]

5 Things We Learned From Obama's Speech

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

President Obama wants to cut $4 trillion from the federal debt in twelve years, with tax increases on the wealthy taxpayers, cuts to some defense, Medicare, Medicaid and discretionary spending, with a mechanism called a "failsafe trigger" to finish the job. Here's what else we learned.

Comments [3]

Budget Challenge: Can Obama Shift From Crisis Management to Fiscal Philosophy?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

As President Obama launches his campaign for a second term, he’ll be sharpening his talking points about his record. His speech on Wednesday will lay out exactly the way he wants to position the country on fiscal issues.

Leading up to the speech, he’s given mixed messages, depending on the audience. He's been both a big stimulus spender and a shrewd budget cutter. But the lack of a unifying economic philosophy - as well as any unity on the part of Democrats - has given him little room to maneuver when trying to retain his base and avoid scaring off independents. And while some Democrats are criticizing him for lacking political courage, most of them are out of office.

Comments [2]

Can a New Schools Chancellor Fix Education Reform's Image Problem?

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Breaking from the stridency of Rhee or the discomfort of Black, Walcott will test whether better relationships will lead to better politics as he takes on the charge of continuing B...

Comments [13]

Axelrod: 2010 Holds Lessons for Obama Re-Election Campaign

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Two days after President Obama launched his reelection campaign, senior campaign strategist David Axelrod came to New York to fire up the base by touting what the president has done for them. More, he came to tell them how much worse it can be.

Speaking in New York City at the 20th anniversary convention of the National Action Network, the Rev. Al Sharpton's civil rights organization, Axelrod pointed to the 2010 midterms as a cautionary tale.

Comments [1]

Next Up: Maintaining Ethics in Albany

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

With the budget out of the way, Albany is turning its attention to new ethics rules for legislators. Governor Cuomo and Speaker Sheldon Silver say they’ve worked out a deal, helped in part by scandal after scandal after scandal in the New York statehouse.


Obama's Sharpton: Consistent Defender and Visible Ally

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Two days after formally relaunching his reelection campaign, President Barack Obama is coming back to New York to speak to Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network.

While some prominent African American activists have called for tougher scrutiny for the first black president – Princeton professor Cornel West quipped on his radio show last week that “for the first time now, some of the Kool-Aid begins to wear off a bit” – Sharpton has enjoyed a cozy, and conspicuous, relationship with Obama while in office.

Sharpton’s toured public schools with Obama’s Education Secretary, enjoyed Oval Office audiences, and remained a constant attack dog to defend Obama, particularly in the black community.

And it’s raised eyebrows throughout.


Staten Island's Health Reform Darling Faces Budget Wrath

Friday, April 01, 2011

Henry Thompson, the CEO of the Community Health Center in Staten Island, is suffering from political whiplash.

After the clinic opened in 2006 – with nearly every bold-faced name in local politics in attendance – the clinic received a grant during the Bush administration two years later to build a new location. In 2009, the clinic received $1.3 million in stimulus dollars to expand hours and services.

Then came the federal health care overhaul last year, which provides $11 billion dollars to support and expand the network of clinics across the country.

But now, the clinic is one of six federally funded community health centers that could close if budget cuts passed by the House make it into a final compromise spending plan.

Comments [5]

Where We're Starting on Domestic Energy: Coal

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

As President Obama laid out his vision for domestic energy production in the future, calling for a drop of one-third in our oil imports, it's worth noting where we're starting from.

President Obama only mentioned "coal" once in his speech, but last year, it made up the largest share of domestic energy production at 45 percent, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Only one percent of domestic energy production came from petroleum, 24 percent was natural gas, and nuclear made up 20 percent of domestic energy.


Obama's Harlem Fans Already Looking to Reelection

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Hours before Obama's scheduled arrival at a $30,800-a-plate fundraiser at the Red Rooster restaurant, neighborhood residents still gathered early in hopes of catching a glimpse of the president.

Comments [4]

Obama To Talk Libya, Raise Money in NYC

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

On President Obama's agenda today is dedicating a new building at the city's United Nations complex, sitting down with the big three broadcast TV networks, and raising campaign cash.


Historic Shift: Fewer Blacks in NYC, More Whites

Thursday, March 24, 2011


The Census numbers show a continuing change in the racial geography of New York City in the last decade. According to a WNYC analysis of the numbers, the Asian population increased 32 percent in the city and now makes up 13 percent of the total city population. Hispanic residents grew by 8.1 percent in the city.

Comments [3]

Low NYC Census Count 'Doesn't Make Sense,' Says Bloomberg

Thursday, March 24, 2011

New York City grew by 2.1 percent according to 2010 Census numbers released today — but the mayor thinks that's a serious undercount. "We don't quite understand the numbers," Bloomberg said.

Comments [11]

Local Governments Nervously Watch Cost Shift from Albany

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Governor Andrew Cuomo hung the responsibility of passing a budget squarely on the shoulders of lawmakers in a video message to New Yorkers on Wednesday. “Either the legislature will pass, or will fail to pass, the state budget that I have proposed,” Cuomo said in a video on his website. “The budget that I proposed does what you sent me here to do. It closes a $10 billion deficit with no new taxes.”

That’s no new taxes at the state level. But with cuts to municipal and county budgets in the offing, some of those costs may be passed straight to local property tax bills, which are already among the highest in the nation.


'Like' Tim Pawlenty? Get Facebook Announcement First

Monday, March 21, 2011

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty is scheduled to announce at 3pm on Monday that he's forming a exploratory committee for a run for president. The official word will be available exclusively on Facebook, and to get to see it, you have to 'like' him.


Cuomo Reiterates Concerns about Indian Point Nuclear Plant

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Governor Andrew Cuomo said he's concerned over a report that one of the nuclear reactors at the Indian Point power plant along the Hudson River is on an earthquake fault line, and is checking into the matter.

Cuomo said it was a "surprise" to him that a federal study, first reported on MSNBC, finds Indian Point may be the nuclear plant most susceptible to possible damage from a massive earthquake in the nation.

One of the reactors is built very near an earthquake fault line.