Here’s a look at opinion content published today, Wednesday, July 21.
N.J. tax cap: Editorial
We cast a glance west across the Hudson today to New Jersey, where Gov. Chris Christie, pushing fiscal fix after fiscal fix through that state’s legislature, is the envy of many New Yorkers. Making close comparisons with our leaders in Albany as well as County Executive Rob Astorino and Ken Jenkins, chairman of the county Board of Legislators, we write:
“… While New York’s budget is now 15 weeks late, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is glowing after a major legislative victory: lawmakers last week approved a new 2 percent cap on annual property-tax increases — a hallmark of his pledge to bring tax relief to New Jerseyans, whose nation’s worst property-tax bills routinely rival those in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam. The limit, taking effect in 2011, will exclude such major cost-drivers as rising health-insurance and pension costs, bond costs, expenses linked to natural disasters and school enrollment increases.
“By contrast, a similar tax cap measure in New York, as well as a proposal to limit property taxes by linking them to an owner’s income, have gone nowhere in Albany, despite promises from lawmakers and a hue and cry from taxpayers. …”
BP releases: Cartoon
In his effort today, Matt Davies examines the alleged involvement of BP officials in the release of convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi.
Unemployment benefits: Community View
Stephen C. Gyetko of White Plains, a former account services representative for a bank who was laid off in October 2008, offers a Community View that examines congressional Republican opposition to extension of unemployment benefits.