Counties across New York are concerned over reports that sales tax collections are plummeting and they are asking Governor Cuomo’s tax department for a more detailed  explanation.

The New York State Association of Counties, dismayed over a report by the state comptroller that sales tax collections have slowed to half of what they were last year, are asking Governor Cuomo’s tax department for more information, says the group’s Steven Aquario.

“Are we seeing a trend here?” Aquario says the counties are asking the tax officials.

Tax Hearing Set For Monday

Feb 7, 2014
Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Cuomo’s tax commissioner is set to testify before a legislative budget hearing Monday morning, and he’s expected to get plenty of questions about a plan to freeze property taxes and cut some income taxes. Critics, who are also scheduled to speak, say the governor should focus more on the lower income New Yorkers, as well.

5/20/13 - Panel

May 20, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor, Mike Spain, and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Obama Poll
Student Debt
Yahoo buys Tumblr
IG report: Work of rogue tax squad sloppy at best
Sampson earmark missing

Rappaport Center

BOSTON (AP) — Lawmakers are giving mixed reviews to Gov. Deval Patrick's call to hike the state's income tax while also cutting the sales tax.

Senate President Therese Murray said she applauded Patrick's ambition but added the "the devil's in the details."

Fellow Democrat, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, said Patrick's proposal gives lawmakers a lot of food for thought, but said he didn't think the proposal could pass or fail based just on what Patrick said.

Republicans lawmakers were more critical.

NY, Local Governments Butt Heads over Next Crisis

Jun 27, 2012

The next government fiscal crisis is boiling over in counties and municipalities, and taxpayers again are catching the heat.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

New York's state Legislature chose not pass the urgent pleas of local governments including Rockland County, the City of Long Beach, Suffolk and Nassau counties, Buffalo and Newburgh during the 2012 legislative session that ended last week.

The local governments sought permission to spread debt payments or increase local sales taxes, among other measures.

New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos says he expects a deal to be announced soon to maintain a price break for beer, which has helped New York's craft brewers grow. WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports…

A Belchertown, Massachusetts brewer had successfully sued to eliminate the price break for its New York competitors.