Planting the Seeds for Tax Reform in New York

Thirty years ago, New York overhauled its tax code in response to major reforms at the federal level. Now, with Republicans in Congress hoping to cut cut cut, is reform at the state and local level around the corner?

What would reform in New York look like?  Where is the low-hanging tax fruit? Do state politicians, especially Gov. Andrew Cuomo, have the appetite for a big fight in 2018? Why is loophole a dirty word?

For those answers and more, including their wish list for tax reform in the next legislative session, Poozer Politics turned to Ken Pokalsky, of the Business Council of New York, and David Friedfel, of the Citizen Budget Commission. The conversation touched on the collection of online sales taxes, property taxes in New York City and predictability for businesses.

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Debt 101: Paying Today’s Bills (Tomorrow)

Everyone knows a Lannister always pays their debts and that Bruce Springsteen has debts that no honest man can pay, but how much do people know about New York’s debt and the state’s penchant for borrowing billions of dollars each year?

E.J. McMahon, research director at the Empire Center for Public Policy, joined Poozer Politics to offer an introductory seminar on borrowing in New York. He put the state’s borrowing practices into perspective, explained how politicians have repeatedly devised new ways to borrow more money and outlined a proposal that would give the voters more direct control over borrowing money.

The conversation touches on a failed referendum in 1992, highlights the state’s favorite slush fund and explores Gov. Nelson Rockefeller’s legacy of debt.  Continue reading “Debt 101: Paying Today’s Bills (Tomorrow)”

School’s Out for Freshman Legislator

It was an extraordinary first session for Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou.

Niou joined Poozer Politics to reflect on her first year as a member of the Assembly and talked about the personal toll of the late budget, her approach to the legislative process and accomplishments for her constituents.

She also explored the challenge of delegating power and highlighted some of her plans for the rest of the year. Continue reading “School’s Out for Freshman Legislator”

EXTRA EXTRA: Extraordinary Sessions 101 with Professor Poulopoulos

Welcome to a crash course on extraordinary sessions in Albany.

StateWatch Guru Mike Poulopoulos, who has more than a decade of experience at the Capitol, explains how the governor calls these sessions, outlines possible responses from the legislature, and forecasts the potential agenda for the extraordinary session in 2017.

He also shares horror stories from the extraordinary summer of 2009, when the legislature returned day after day, including the Fourth of July!

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The Itinerant AP Reporter

Blink and you might have missed her in the Capitol.

Anna Gronewold parachuted into the AP’s Albany Bureau as a legislative relief reporter for the start of this year’s legislative session and will soon depart for her next mission.

She came on the podcast to talk about her experiences in the Nebraska and North Carolina statehouses, provided an outsider’s perspective on New York’s Capitol, described life as a “relief reporter” and espoused the merits of opening random doors. Anna also touched on her preparations for working in Albany and her goals moving forward. Continue reading “The Itinerant AP Reporter”