The Politics, Policies and Personalities of Tax Reform

You would be forgiven for mistakenly thinking that the biggest state income tax cut in the last millennia occurred under Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Despite the governor’s rhetoric about an historic cut, the most recent major income tax overhaul in New York came in 1995 under Gov. George Pataki. The impetus for the Income Tax Reduction Act of 1995 came almost a decade earlier from the trickle down effect of changes to the federal tax code.

A young Edmund J. McMahon (Photo Provided)

EJ McMahon, the research director for the Empire Center of Public Policy, joined Poozer Politics to explain the politics, policy and personalities behind the 1995 tax cut. The conversation addresses the stalled tax cuts under Gov. Mario Cuomo, the role of Assembly Republicans and the ramifications for New York from potential tax changes at the federal level.

And if this wonky government talk is up your alley, consider checking out the 2nd Annual StateWatch Strategies Seminar on December 6. Continue reading “The Politics, Policies and Personalities of Tax Reform”

Sharing is Caring

Municipal leaders are taking a second look at how their governments operate following the adoption of a pet program by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in this year’s budget.

The County-Wide Shared Services Property Tax Savings Plan (or CWSSPTSP as no one calls it) requires counties outside of New York City to draft plans for sharing services in order to cut costs and find efficiencies. A new report from the Rockefeller Institute, in conjunction with the Benjamin Center and  the Center for Technology in Government, reviewed the 34 plans submitted this fall and analyzed the potential savings.

Jim Malatras, president of the Rockefeller Institute, joined Poozer Politics to explain the mechanics of the program, highlighted interesting proposals and identified the potential benefits (large and small) for taxpayers.

The conversation also addressed the criticism that this process fails to address major cost drivers, like pensions, and whether the analysis has been too political.

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New York Regulations Target Cyber Crimes

You don’t listen to this podcast and the story ends. You believe whatever you want to believe about the safety of your personal information with your bank or insurance company.

You listen to this episode, you stay in Poozerland, and Josefa Velasquez explains everything about New York’s new cyber security regulations for financial institutions.

The enacted rules from the state’s Department of Financial Services set minimum standards for cyber security, including a shorter timetable for reporting a breach in security. Josefa breaks down the rationale for the regulations, talks about how they were crafted and highlights the possible global ramifications.

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No Such Thing as Free Paid-Family Leave

Paid-family leave was adopted in New York last year with all the fanfare (and details) of a 2020 presidential launch, but now we’re in the nitty-gritty implementation phase and there are a lot of questions.

Frank KerbeinFrank Kerbein, a member of the legislative affairs team for the Business Council of New York State, joined Poozer Politics to answer some of those questions and provide some perspective about the history of family leave.

He outlined the push by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to adopt paid-family leave in 2016, explained how the program is funded and described the potential benefits. Kerbein also highlighted the potential challenges with implementation, which could lead to fewer weeks of leave and higher costs to employees. Continue reading “No Such Thing as Free Paid-Family Leave”

Reflections from the Plywood Hut

Capitol Pressroom host Susan Arbetter took a break from asking questions to answer some for the Poozer Politics podcast.

She shared insights into her interview process, including how she prepares for pivots and filibustering by politicians, and contrasted public and commercial radio. Susan also reflected on the challenge of questioning Gov. Andrew Cuomo and highlighted some of her favorite recurring guests on her show, including Richard Ravitch, Ken Lovett and Michael Gormley. Continue reading “Reflections from the Plywood Hut”