Cuomo creates bipartisan commission for lower taxes, headed by his father’s old foe

cuomo
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expecting the commission to come up with strategies to lower taxes in time for his 2014 State of the State agenda.
Credit: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

Already planning for his 2014 State of the State agenda, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has put together a committee to figure out how to lower taxes for New Yorkers.

The Tax Relief Commission, comprised of budget experts from the public and private sectors, is tasked with issuing a report by Dec. 6 of this year that will provide the governor with specific recommendations for lowering taxes.

Notably, the commission co-chairs are former State Comptroller Carl McCall and former Gov. George Pataki, the Republican who defeated Cuomo’s father and who is rarely aligned with the governor.

But Pataki complimented the governor on his approach to economic policy “during the last few years in Albany.”

“Governor Cuomo has demonstrated that when elected officials put politics asie and work together they can deliver results,” Pataki said.

And McCall said that under Cuomo, the state economy “is in the best fiscal shape it has been in in years,” and credited “the Governor’s constant efforts to control spending and bring jobs to New York.”

Though New York has long been seen as a high-tax state, the past three annual state budgets have kept state spending to two percent or below, and the Cuomo administration cut automatic inflators that were responsible for increases in Medicaid and education spending. The state government workforce was also cut from 137,000 employees to 120,000 and pension reform measures put in place by this administration are expected to save taxpayers $80 billion over the next three decades. The past three state labor contracts are also expected to save taxpayers $450 million. Working families now get a $350 tax credit, and an initiative known as START-UP NY established tax-free communities on state college campuses to lure start-ups and businesses.

But Cuomo is expecting the commission to do more, specifically for homeowners, renters and businesses. So far, some ideas floated include property tax cuts and business tax cuts geared at promoting new jobs.

Follow Danielle Tcholakian on Twitter @danielleiat


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

'Barack Obama cheats on Michelle' claims Japanese politician…

A senior Japanese politician has marred Barack Obama's official visit to Tokyo with bizarre claims that the President cheats on his wife Michelle. Kazuyuki Hamada,…

International

British Royal family devastated by freak NY death…

The British royals have been left devastated by the death of Mark Shand, younger brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, after a freak fall in…

Local

DA: Homeless man severely beat by men in…

Two former college football players pleaded not guilty to the alleged severe beating of a homeless man in Allston earlier this year.

National

Hamas, Abbas's PLO announce reconciliation agreement

The Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) agreed on Wednesday to a unity pact.

Television

‘Survivor: Cagayan’ recap: Episode 9

It was only an hour-long episode, but there's a lot to cover this week. The drama of Survivor strikes again as the identity of the…

Going Out

Thursty: Revamped Audubon is back in action

Having been a long time fan of Trina's Starlite Lounge in Inman Square, one of my only complaints about the place is that there's only…

Entertainment

Here's what to do in Boston this weekend

MUSIC Huun Huur Tu Friday, 8 p.m. First Church in Cambridge 11 Garden St., Cambridge $28, 617-876-4275 www.worldmusic.org This group comes from the tiny nation…

Television

TV watch list, Wednesday, April 23: 'Suburgatory,' 'Modern…

'Suburgatory' The men of "Suburgatory" go camping and Tessa mentors a social outcast in a Miss Chatswin contest, which brings her, once again, into conflict…

NFL

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24…

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24 version

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox top Yankees, 5-1

John Lackey shines, Pineda ejected in Red Sox win

NHL

Bruins - Red Wings Game 4 preview: Boston…

Bruins - Red Wings Game 4 preview: Boston greedy for more dominance

MLB

Fantasy baseball: Searching for early season prospects

It’s relatively rare for a mediocre 30-year-old hitter to suddenly go nuts offensively for 162 games. That’s why minor league prospects are so exciting.

Style

Pippa Middleton's Etsy pick: Golden Thread Jewelry

Get a look at the jewelry Pippa Middleton loves and find out how you can buy it too.

Parenting

What every parent needs to know to get…

Mom and author of "Small Talk," Tracey Blake, shares her five practical tips to help you develop your children's language skills.

Sex

Subway crush: Meet your soulmate on your commute

Read about a couple who has been 40 years after meeting on the train.

Tech

Happy birthday, Game Boy! The handheld console turns…

Nintendo's Game Boy turns 25 this week. To commemorate, we look at some of its better games, like "Tetris" and "The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening."