Cuomo’s income tax canards by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

Governor Cuomo’s tax-hike spin machine is in overdrive. The governor just issued an “op-ed” on tax reform that claims the state’s current income tax code “is just not fair,” implying strongly that filers with low-incomes pay taxes at the same rate as millionaires.

Debating the non-millionaire tax by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

E.J. McMahon, the Empire Center's senior fellow and frequent blogger on this site, discussed state tax issues Wednesday on YNN's "Capital Tonight" program with Liz Benjamin.  Also appearing was Michael Kink, a leading advocate of higher taxes. Click...

UPDATE: Cuomo’s lips move by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

Without discussing details, Governor Cuomo did not flatly contradict or deny aWall Street Journal report that he is considering some sort of personal income tax “overhaul” that would combine a middle class tax cut with some sort of increase in tax rates for upper-income households.

Cuomo’s tax policy: moving lips, or ventriloquism? by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

Governor Cuomo may seek to extend higher state income tax rates in top brackets under the guise of a tax reform or restructuring that might also involve a tax break for middle class, according to a report in today’s Wall Street Journal.

Pensions, infrastructure and Albany billboards by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

The Cuomo administration reportedly is talking with labor leaders about tapping public and private pension funds to help pay for state infrastructure projects, including a multi-billion-dollar replacement for the Tappan Zee Bridge...

Cuomo’s “super committee” super hype by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

Governor Andrew Cuomo is making a big deal out of the failure of a congressional “super committee” to produce a deal on reducing the federal budget deficit. This is supposed to trigger $1.2 trillion in across-the-board federal budget cuts over a 10-year period beginning in 2013—which, Cuomo said yesterday, could translate into $5 billion in lost federal funding for New York.

No surprises in Cuomo’s late budget update by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

So, here’s a non-surprise: The financial outlook for New York’s state government has deteriorated in the past few months, according to the Mid-Year Financial Plan Update from the Division of the Budget (DOB).

Cuomo’s Big Tests by E.J. McMahon | | National Review

During his first six months in office, New York governor Andrew Cuomo pulled off something of a fiscal trifecta: closing a $10 billion state-budget gap without raising taxes, capping local-property-tax levies, and wringing concessions out of state-government labor unions.
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