In about a month, Gov. Tom Wolf will once again give his budget address to the state legislature, and once again, he will likely ask lawmakers to enact a severance tax on the abundant gas flowing out from the Marcellus Shale in the Keystone State.
New Yorkers need property tax relief
I was 40,000 or so feet above the North Atlantic a few days ago, on my way back to the States after nearly a year away. I was speaking with my seatmate, a young German grad student in economics, who was traveling to Canada to visit his Colombian girlfriend, who’s at university near Toronto.
There are many theories as to why I am always so cold. My family likes to speculate on why I am always dressed in multi-layers. Why does she always have a sweater on—even in July? I confess: today I have on three.
GOP failing to work for the people
Many people who pay high property taxes, pay high state income taxes and itemize deductions for any reason are going to see increases in their 2018 tax bills.
As we were coping with a third weekend of deep freeze, my inner optimist searched for things to be grateful for. First, I am grateful that we’ve had a good share of brilliant sunshine on many of these frigid days, which lifts the mood if not the thermometer.
Some analysts are predicting strong Democratic gains in Congress after the 2018 election.
Christmas present for whom?
Those who have worked in secret to create this Great American Tax Break seem to be of the mind that tossing a few dollars about for low- and middle-income families would distract from the bags of riches being provided to the very wealthy.
Driving around these days, whether it be in the countryside or an urban area, it’s hard not to notice all the men, women and children standing in groups, or walking around with a cell phone in their hands. They are either speaking or texting with their devices, but not talking directly to one another.