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Tax rebate’s timing odd

March 22, 2013

Given how much New York state taxes residents, we tend to support measures that lower taxes or at least give money back to the taxpayer....

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Mar-24-13 11:23 AM

If we did not have such incredibly high confiscatory taxes in NYS we would not be squabbling about who gets the few crumbs Albany throws us. Anybody else sick of the carrot and stick?

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Mar-24-13 8:50 AM

but, of course, yours is

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Mar-23-13 11:06 PM

Biden's existence isn't worth that!

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Mar-23-13 8:40 AM

I agree with TOT, Biden should not get a rebate!! Whhhhattttt?????

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Mar-23-13 12:05 AM

(CNN) – If you think Paris is expensive, the City of Light costs a lot more when you're traveling with the vice president. Recent documents posted to a government website give a rare glimpse of Vice President Joe Biden's overseas travel expenses. Official business took him last month to Europe, a trip that included a bill of $585,000 for his one-night stay in Paris. Also on the receipt was $321,665 for a limousine company and $459,338.65 for a hotel stay in London. And while Biden was only in each town for one night, the London hotel bill, for example, included 136 rooms for multiple nights for his advance team. ALL HONESTLY BILLED NO KICK BACKS!!

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Mar-22-13 8:06 PM

Gemini, I agree. I'm not quite sure why the budget would include a rebate to taxpayers who will have already paid that. Probably the reason is because while every taxpayer must pay for these rebates, not everyone will benefit from it.

And that income range is far too wide. Why should someone making $40k benefit the same amount as someone making $300k?

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Mar-22-13 8:03 PM

yukonjack, it's called 'Who Wants to be a Hundredaire?'

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Mar-22-13 6:02 PM

Something this stupid was done on the federal level a few years back when Crawford Texas's village Idiot was President..They can shove this chump change! Why not give us what we really need...MANDATE RELIEF!!!

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Mar-22-13 4:08 PM

The L-H may find it hard to believe this idea could not have been included in prior budgets, I find it hard to believe it is included at all. Where is this money coming from. Did Albany balance the budget and have money left over? I am totally confused and don't get this at all. All I can say is HUH!

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Mar-22-13 3:52 PM

Since school taxes and county taxes are paid only by property owners, why not give the rebate to only property tax payers? Since we are throwing around income as eligibility for the rebate, why not use income figures to tax all residents for school and county/city/village taxes? Because property owner are in a minority and it’s politically expedient to *crew the few and crow about no new taxes, all we get is another dog and pony show.

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Mar-22-13 2:12 PM

Dave in NYS if you earn very little or nothing at all you get a return that you didn't pay in. No investment returns are not uncommon in the land of taxes! Andrew may not need the help to get reelected as he lives in liberal haven NY so it is likely just another redistribution of our tax dollars to the lower income people. In my opinion they should have capped the upper pay to around $100,000... those are the ones that could use the help. And Scarecrow we may have to get out a new scale to decide on what these idiots in charge is the biggest mistake. As for voters... it is far more obvious.

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Mar-22-13 2:10 PM

PleaseGetAClue - It was initially reported as being for Homeowners in the Times Union.

2. Yes Republicans supported the convoluted version. They also had a better version.

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Mar-22-13 1:57 PM

Here is a lil known FACT that just caught my eye!! Re:New York State double-dippers....and leading the pack of SELFISH, SELFSERVERS and just most honerable none other than.....the State University of Albany President Georgr Phillip (and he has served himself well) in the combined $542,00 combined compensatio (for the year 2011). All legal in our dysfunctional political are the fools here...........these double-dippers are on the rise and this is a HUGE area to cut the FAT.........but no one is showing and awareness can check the facts on a stste by stste and it is in ned of real change and needs to be front page NEWS..........listed every year........let the people know who is getting GREASED.

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Mar-22-13 1:51 PM

May help offset yet another increase in the Johnstown School taxes. Too much more, more, more, attitudes toward taxpayer revenue during a time when taxpayers are on fixed budgets due to increased cost of living and lack of wage increases.

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Mar-22-13 1:50 PM

A few points: 1) "family" can be a single parent, or renters. 2) Scarecrow: Are you telling me no republican supported this? You are wrong.... 3) is anyone here REALLY surprised by the timing? if so you need to get a grip..this is New York....Since NY voters don't seem to have the best memories and can only recall the last or most recent developments, It is ALL about how do I get realected after screwing everyone for the past feew years.

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Mar-22-13 1:08 PM

The point is they seem to have a lack of common sense in Albany

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Mar-22-13 12:57 PM

So if you earn less than $40,000 you get nothing? People earning $350k a year are struggling and need a $350 tax rebate? I'm confused. What are they trying to accomplish here? What is the point? I'm totally missing it.

Instead of this silly tax rebate, take all that money and send it to the counties to help pay for the medicaid mandate.

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Mar-22-13 12:07 PM

This is absolutely one of the Worst things I have seen to date. It wreaks of discrimination. What about the single people, the married people who rent, gays, lesbians, you name it. Why only a select group?? As originally proposed by republicans the rebate went to the larger segment. However, Democrats in true tax and tax fashion, twisted it and distorted it into this mess.

I really thought the NY SAFE act was the the dumbest thing these fools could have done, now they have outdone themselves and gotten even dumber. Obviously, common sense is not very common in Albany.

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