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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Blair Horner: The Price Of Election Year Tax Cuts

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Last week, a gubernatorial commission released its $2 billion tax cut plan for New York State.  The commission’s plan provides for a 2-year property tax freeze, a cut in the tax rate on corporations to 6.5 percent and a reduction in tax on manufacturers to 2.5 percent.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Horner: The Moreland Reports Offers Actions For Change

Today, Blair Horner of NYPIRG discusses the findings of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's Moreland Commission. 

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Blair Horner: The Fight Over Obamacare Continues

Last week the national buzz was about the latest crisis in the rollout of Obamacare.  As part of the President’s advocacy of his health care plan, the promise was made that Americans could keep their health insurance plan if they wanted it.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Blair Horner: A Voters’ Guide To The NY Ballot Questions

This Election Day voters will have an opportunity to amend the New York State constitution.  When you get to the polling place, in addition to voting for candidates, you will have the opportunity to vote on six proposed changes to the state constitution.  If you want to get the text of the actual amendments, you can access the language by going to the state Board of Elections website at www.elections.ny.gov.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Blair Horner: Moreland Commission's Credibility Hangs In The Balance

Good government alarm bells are ringing in Albany.  Numerous news reports have accused the governor’s aides of interfering in the activities of the state commission investigating corruption in government.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Blair Horner: The Government Shuts Down, Will The Nation Default?

The big news of the past week has been the shutdown of the federal government.  The rationale for the gridlock has been well reported:  The House Republican Congressional leadership has decided to block funding of the federal government as its leverage to defund, cripple or delay implementation of the health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act.

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New York News
6:21 am
Thu September 12, 2013

NY Ballot Wording Puts Rosy Spin On Casinos

A referendum on the November ballot to consider approving seven casinos in New York is raising some eyebrows among good-government advocates for wording that promises to lower taxes, provide more money for schools and create more jobs.

One political scientist says the language is pushing voters for a "yes" vote sought by Albany politicians.

The unusually optimistic theme makes no mention that the claims are disputed by some researchers and doesn't note the decline of some casinos in the Northeast or the rise in problem gambling that can shatter families and increase crime.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Blair Horner: Comparing States

Earlier this summer, two states – Texas and Florida – ran radio commercials touting those states’ business climates in an effort to convince New York companies to move their operations.  The focus of the ads was that those states were more business friendly with lower taxes and less regulation.  Thus, the ads argued, Texas and Florida were the places to do business.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:43 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Blair Horner: Back-peddling On Obamacare

The debate over health care reform has been remarkable.  The Obama Administration offers a plan based on the program in Massachusetts, which was developed as the result of a bipartisan agreement.  The Congress approves it and the US Supreme Court rules it to be legal.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:53 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Blair Horner: Back To School And Getting Kids Healthy

It’s early August.  We’re past summer’s midpoint and the barrage of back-to-school ads have begun.  While those ads may offer parents a light at the end of the tunnel, thinking about schoolchildren also raises an important policy issue: the growing problem of childhood obesity.

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