“A lot of our members have advocated for minor changes in the cap. There’s an issue involving [payments in lieu of taxes] … there’s been talk about municipal, and also BOCES,” State Senate Republican leader John Flanagan said Wednesday after a closed-door meeting with Governor Andrew Cuomo. “I can’t represent to you fairly that that is part of any final agreement, because frankly, there isn’t one yet.”
Yet now, according to their leader, “a lot” of Senate Republicans are advocating for changes to the cap?
Meanwhile, also this morning, the New York State United Teachers union (NYSUT) and groups representing school districts and local governments—i.e., consumers of property tax revenue—banded together outside the Senate chamber for yet another news conference to let the world know they don’t like the tax cap. They have a list of proposed new cap loopholes, including repeal of the 60 percent “supermajority” requirement for tax cap overrides.