Leaders call for SALT cap repeal
ALBANY, NY — Last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo held a joint press conference with New Jersey governor Phil Murphy, in which they both called for repealing …
ALBANY, NY — Last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo held a joint press conference with New Jersey governor Phil Murphy, in which they both called for repealing the state and local tax [SALT] reduction cap.
In 2017, the federal government placed a $10,000 cap on SALT, limiting taxpayer’s ability to deduct state and local taxes on their federal income returns. This resulted in higher taxes for higher-income earners in states like New York and New Jersey.
In their press conference, Cuomo said that the cap amounted to double taxation and that his state loses about $34 million a day in tax revenue as a result.
The senators in his state agree with him. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand recently introduced legislation that would eliminate the deduction cap. In a press release, Schumer said that New Yorkers pay between 36 and 45 billion more dollars in taxes than they receive back from the federal government.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado (NY-19) recently voted to pass the National Apprenticeship Act, a proposal to help Americans get back to work by creating nearly 1 million new apprenticeship opportunities.
“The National Apprenticeship Act is good for workers, employers and taxpayers,” Delgado said. “This $3.5 billion investment will yield a projected $10.6 billion in net benefits to U.S. taxpayers. Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, we must invest in workforce development and skills training programs. I urge the Senate to take up this legislation as soon as possible to help more Americans get back to work and support job growth across New York’s 19th Congressional District.”
The National Apprenticeship Act of 2021, invests more than $3.5 billion over five years in expanding opportunities and access to registered apprenticeships, youth apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships.
TOWN OF FALLSBURG, NY — The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct recently announced that Amanda R. Ward, a justice of the Fallsburg Town Court in Sullivan County, has resigned from office after being served with formal charges for—among other things—presiding notwithstanding a disqualifying conflict with a party or witness and failing to disclose and/or recuse herself as required. Ward resigned from office effective October 31, 2020 and agreed never to seek or accept judicial office at any time in the future. The commission accepted a stipulation to that effect signed by the judge, her attorney and the commission’s administrator and closed its formal proceedings.
Ward, who is not an attorney, had been a Justice of the Fallsburg Town Court since 2015. Her term would have expired on December 31, 2023.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last week, U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA-08) and several members of the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation urged House leadership to include provisions from the Restaurants Act in the COVID-19 relief package being developed in Congress. Small and independently owned restaurants and their employees are among the hardest hit by this pandemic, and this legislation would provide aid to meet their unique needs and ensure they can survive this crisis.
HARRISBURG, PA — On February 5, the PA House of Representatives passed legislation providing limited civil liability to farmers seeking to offer agritourism and/or agri-entertainment to the general public. The legislation invited praise from the Pennsylvania State Grange, a fraternal family organization “dedicated to the betterment of the American way of life through community service, education, legislation and fellowship.”
The legislation has no fiscal impact on the commonwealth’s budget and helps struggling farmers who need to develop other sources of income to keep the family farm in operation. Often, the fear of lawsuits prevents them from taking this step.
YARDLEY, PA — The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission has posted the Zoom meeting links and teleconferencing phone numbers for the three virtual hearings the agency is planning for gathering public comments on a series of recently proposed toll adjustments.
People must pre-register in order to speak at one of the three hearings. The commission will begin accepting registrations online or through a toll-free answering service starting Wednesday, February 10.
People can register online at www.drjtbc.org/tollcomments, or follow the prompts on a toll-free phone line—855/721-0444—that is operational for this proposed toll adjustment comment period.
Virtual hearing registrations will be accepted until 4 p.m. February 16, on a first-come, first-served basis.
The three virtual hearings are scheduled as follows: February 17, 10 a.m. to noon; February 17, 6-8 p.m. February 18, 6-8 p.m.
GOSHEN, NY — Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York and John S. Burke Catholic High School in Goshen, NY have jointly announced a new opportunity for middle school students to attend grades six through eight in an academy setting on the expanded high school campus at Burke Catholic. All eligible students currently enrolled in Catholic schools are guaranteed placement at the new Burke Catholic Academy. The Burke Catholic Academy will be open to all sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students in the Hudson Valley.
Sixth- through eighth-grade families can visit www.burke
catholic.com for more information. All families of every faith with elementary school-aged children are always welcome to visit www.catholicschoolsny.org at any time, year-round, to learn more.
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