Month: June 2016

Perhaps E.J. McMahon, who heads the watchdog group the Empire Center for Public Policy, best describes the current situation as SolarCity, the leading solar panel seller in the U.S., prepares to merge with Tesla, the electric car-maker. He has called it “egregious corporate welfare.” Read More

New York’s local property tax cap has become an issue in a hotly contested Hudson Valley congressional race, where a specious anti-cap argument rejected by state courts has been revived by the Democratic candidate, Zephyr Teachout. Read More

Mayor Justin Grigg — an assistant dean at his community’s other college, the private Alfred University — calls his village’s taxes “silly high.” At nearly $17 per $1,000 of assessed value, the 2015 tax rate was the highest in the western portion of the state, according to the Empire Center for Public Policy. That works out to about $1,700 for the owner of a $100,000 home. Read More

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