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NY Raises Taxes And Fees – And Welfare

Buried in the back pages of the New York Times:


Taxes and Fees to Rise $4 Billion in New York Budget

By DANNY HAKIM and JEREMY W. PETERS
Published: December 14, 2008

ALBANY — Gov. David A. Paterson will propose a $4 billion package of taxes and fees on a range of items, from sugary soft drinks made by Coca-Cola and Pepsi to luxury items like furs and boats, when he unveils his plan to close a deficit that has ballooned to $15 billion, people with knowledge of the plan said on Sunday.

Higher taxes will also be imposed on health insurers and a sales tax exemption on clothing and footwear under $115 will be eliminated, though the administration will propose a two-week holiday for goods under $500, under the budget the governor will introduce on Tuesday.

A number of fees will be increased, with users of the Department of Motor Vehicles and the state parks bearing much of the burden, people with knowledge of the plan said. Tuition at the State University of New York and the City University of New York will also be increased.

The governor’s executive budget, which is subject to approval by the Legislature, is sure to touch off months of protests from an array of interest groups, as well as battles with lawmakers…

“It is just prohibitive and it’s painful to have to make some of these decisions,” Mr. Paterson said at an appearance on Sunday night in Manhattan. “I’ve been forced to veto legislation that I’ve sponsored.”

He called tuition increases at state schools “a very hard step to take.”

“We’re going to try to remediate that with some other services to the colleges and universities, but when a person whose whole career has basically been for the advocacy of higher education, such as myself, has to take that kind of step, it gives you an idea of what kind of a number $15 billion is.”

Trying to put the best face on what will be a bleak budget year, the Paterson administration gave a limited budget briefing on Sunday in which administration officials discussed a small number of social initiatives whose financing would be increased. Several of the initiatives were aimed at helping the poor through what is certain to be a trying economic future. “The nation and the state are in midst of the greatest economic crisis we have endured since the Great Depression, and there are families struggling to provide basic needs for their loved ones,” the governor said in a statement on Sunday.

The most significant move was a proposed increase to welfare grants for the first time in 18 years, though more money would not be made available until the beginning of 2010. The administration plans to seek a 30 percent increase over three years, with the eventual cost of the increase exceeding $100 million a year.

The basic welfare grant would eventually rise to $387 a month from $291 for a family of three, or $3,492 per year, where it has remained since 1990…

Funny how The Times didn’t get around to the 30% welfare hike until the 13th paragraph in the story.

But of course this is to be expected.

New York is Obama’s Hoped And Changed America writ small.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, December 15th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “NY Raises Taxes And Fees – And Welfare”

  1. bill says:

    Libtards — Taxing our way to prosperity.

  2. proreason says:

    Well, at least the removal of the tax exemption on less expensive footwear won’t offset the raise for welfare recipients.

    They rarely buy shoes under $115 anyway.

  3. BillK says:

    This is, of course, merely a preview of US policy post-January 20.

    I expect the return of the luxury tax on automobiles as well – after all, only those foreign manufacturers make really expensive cars, so it will encourage people to buy cheaper (in every sense of the word) domestics…

  4. Lipstick on a PIAPS says:

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer state. LMAO Keep voting Democrat you Empire State jerks and then try to move to Florida to get away from your own stupidity.

  5. proreason says:

    “I expect the return of the luxury tax on automobiles as well ”

    Don’t be surprised to see a tax on all foreign made vehicles, including leased vehicles.

  6. pinandpuller says:

    Could this lead to an increase in shoe-jackings?

  7. sheehanjihad says:

    Not to Florida! Hell no! There are way too many of them here already!

  8. Odie44 says:

    As a NY native and SUNY Plattsburgh graduate – I can tell you this is the same “benefit” we received when Clinton was in office and Sheldon Silver ran the SUNY gamut. For all of the hype and hope of “better education for less money” – my tuition increased 65% from 1992-1995. Just another form of redistribution – and oddly enough the economic downturn was pretty much the same in the early 1990’s in NY state. Solution: Gut college kids and increase welfare, handouts to “other citizens”. Of course, the idea is that “just rich kids go to college and mommy and daddy pay for it – no biggie”, unless you get a bogus freebie based on skin color. UNfortunatley I was raised to earn my way through college and pay my own way.

    The audacity of my parents…

    PS – Plattsburgh was also decimated in the military base closing scheme, ala Clinton’s “ramp down” of our military.


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