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July 2, 2009

Cost Of State Senate Inaction to New Yorkers

Total Fiscal Impact of Senate Inaction: $2.9 billion

  • Local Governments: $741 million
  • NYC: $902 million
  • State: $1.3 billion

Local Governments: $741 million

  • Sales Tax Extenders ($582 million):  34 counties are waiting for senate action to collect an additional one percent in sales tax including: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Franklin, Fulton, Genesee, Greene, Herkimer, Lewis, Livingston, Monroe, Montgomery, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Orange, Orleans, Oswego, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Schenectady, Schoharie, Seneca, Sullivan, Tompkins, Ulster, Wayne and Yates. Total sales tax collected by these counties in 2008: $2.4 billion.
  • Other Revenue-Generating Initiatives (at least $159 million):  25 counties, cities and villages are waiting for approval for mortgage recording, real estate and hotel/motel taxes; wireless and traffic surcharges; parking authority; deficit financing; income tax surcharges and pension incentive payments.

New York City: $902 million

  • Increase NYC’s Sale Tax ($720 million) by a Half-point:  New York City’s budget is balanced with a sales tax hike of a half-percent from 4 to 4.5 percent.
  • Business Tax Conformity ($182 million):  City proposes closing tax loopholes to conform business tax law to state law.

New York State: $1.3 billion

  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) extender ($699 million):  Legislation extends state’s compliance with federal IDEA requirements to receive funding through 2012.
  • Bond Cap Increase for Housing Finance Authority ($500 million):  Legislation extends some affordable housing programs through 2011 and increases authority’s bond cap by $500 million.
  • Power for Jobs/Energy Cost Savings Programs Extender ($125 million):  More than 550 businesses and not-for-profits, employing 330,000 New Yorkers, rely on this program for reductions in their energy bills.
  • Veteran Service Agency Funding Caps ($500,000):  Legislation increases funding caps to let county and city veteran service agencies access funds included in the state budget.



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