You Can’t Have a Big Gulp but you Can Have Pot?
Don’t know what I’m talking about? New York State Senator Liz Krueger has proposed making marijuana legal in the state of New York as reported HERE. I do not have an unblemished past, and have, in my day, smoked a little pot. There was a time a gallon of soda couldn’t cure the dry mouth. Perhaps legalizing marijuana is the only way to repeal the restrictive | Read More »
LIBERAL PARADISE UPDATE: New York State taxes sliced bagels
This is how New York State balances its budget? A tax on sliced bagels? Oy vey! From the Wall Street Journal: NY POLITICS AUGUST 24, 2010 Sliced Bagels, Taxes on Top By JACOB GERSHMAN What’s the tax on a bagel? It depends how you slice it—or in the case of New York, if you slice it. State tax officials, under orders from cash-strapped Albany to | Read More »
NYS’s highest court rules for eminent domain abuse, against property owners
Eminent domain abuse is alive and well in New York State. On December 4, 2009, I posted here: “Someone Beats City Hall.” Well… From Bloomberg News/BusinessWeek: Columbia Expansion Backed by New York’s Top Court June 24, 2010, 4:38 PM EDT By Karen Freifeld June 24 (Bloomberg) — Columbia University won a ruling by New York’s highest court that allows it to proceed with a $6.3 | Read More »
New York’s budget is balanced! (Everyone buy $10 cigarettes and get cancer!)
New York. I just shake my head. Do you really balance a state budget on cigarette taxes? Do you know what happens when you increase taxes? People pay the tax (a very few), or people stop smoking, or people break the law and find ways to buy cigarettes without paying the tax (go to New Jersey). From the blog Politics on the Hudson: Lawmakers approve | Read More »
WHY NEW YORK IS BLUE: Free legal services (“Civil Gideon”)? Immigrant crimes absolved?
Two stories in today’s New York Times illustrate why New York is bankrupt. You would think that someone would try to cut spending and address the state’s most important problem, but the liberal paradise never surrenders to sanity. FREE LEGAL SERVICES: New York’s Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman is your basic New York lefty Democrat Jewish judge (and a good friend of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver), | Read More »
Planet Albany to run out of money in June (plus, news from its moon, David Paterson)
Albany (the capital of New York, the Empire State) has been called “Planet Albany”, as in, ‘What kind of planet are these legislators on?” From Capitol Confidential: Megna: We’re out of money in June April 9, 2010 at 3:01 pm by Rick Karlin Gov. Paterson’s Budget Director Robert Megna just held a press briefing at the Capitol and he reiterated the governor’s earlier prediction that | Read More »
NYS’s brilliant new plan to discourage business (“Tax man at the gates”)
Is New York State trying to encourage or discourage business? From Sunday’s New York Post editorial: Tax man at the gates Last Updated: 4:25 AM, March 28, 2010 Posted: March 28, 2010 Just when it seemed as if Albany had run out of ways to suffocate New York’s economy, along comes word that tax authorities are taking a stopwatch to the state’s borders. New York, | Read More »
Paterson decides against fat tax, other fees… for now
(cross-posted at SLC Republitarian) New York’s illustrious “governor” Paterson has issued a statement saying he no longer needs to levy the entire tax and fee package against New York’s citizens, because of money coming to the state from Obama’s “Stimulus” package. The $11 billion from Washington will help Paterson back away from his more politically detrimental tax and fee suggestions, such as the softdrink tax, | Read More »
New York: Leave the Amish Alone (and us, too, while you’re at it)
Upstate New York is home to a lot of Amish. A lot. And, for some reason, it appears that some local politicians dislike having them here. I have no way of knowing whether it’s because of the horses and buggies they drive, the organic veggies they sell at roadside stands or the high-quality woodworking, but Powers That Be in some parts of Franklin, St. Lawrence | Read More »
The Party Guest that Nobody Invited
Briefly this morning, The more the New York Times talks about Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg [Author's note: there is some confusion about whether my use of her second surname connoted something or other, so I'll strike it here and leave it in the metatags.] and her attempt to muscle her way into Hillary Clinton’s senate seat in New York, the clearer it becomes just how big | Read More »
The New York Taxpayer: Piggybank to the State
(Cross-posted at SLC Republitarian) New York’s “Governor” Paterson has made it clear, with his proposed $121-billion budget that he’s focused not on New York’s declining economy, but on the fiscal health of the State government. And, as usually happens when you put the cart before the horse, it could spell disaster for both. Paterson has proposed some budget cuts — not as dramatic as some | Read More »
Hey, Paterson… if I wanted to stop being fat, I’d work out more.
I’m starting to think we should change the name of the New York State troopers to “Nanny 911.” Recent headlines say New York’s dear Governor Paterson would now like to tax soda pop — as long as it isn’t diet. This so-called “Obesity tax” is, in essence, a scheme to put more money in the State coffers. And, as Paterson learned back in June of | Read More »
Another Missing Senator for New York?
New Yorkers are an abused and neglected lot. Of all the states, we alone have only one working United States Senator. Since Hillary Rodham Clinton decided to set her eyes on being the Senator from New York — and then used that seat solely to advance her own political aspirations — we haven’t had a full-time Senator in something over two years now. Even now, | Read More »
NEW YORK IS OFFICIALLY IN PLAY!
Uh oh… Trouble in River City ladies and gentlemen! The latest Siena Institute Research Poll shows Obama with just a 5 point lead over John McCain in the Democratic haven of New York State! Someone please get a message to John McCain… Get to New York and get campaigning now!