Governor Andrew Cuomo is bringing up some of his campaign promises as he travels across the state in his so-called "people first" tour. One of the hot topics is a property tax cap. As Capital Tonight's Nick Reisman reports, Cuomo's push for a cap is causing quite a commotion.
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NEW YORK STATE -- As Governor Andrew Cuomo released a web video Tuesday on the virtues of his property tax cap...
"Remember the peoples' voice wins in a democracy, but the peoples' voice must be heard. Tell your representatives in Albany pass the cap now or don't come home," Cuomo said.
...Noisy protests erupted in Albany between those for a tax cap and those opposed.
But there hasn't been much discussion at all between the Senate and Assembly on the cap. The Republican-led Senate approved Cuomo's two percent cap in January, but the Assembly has yet to take up the proposal.
"If the tax cap passes and people have tax relief, then government will have done its job. If the tax cap doesn't pass, government will have failed. It's that simple," Cuomo said.
But lawmakers in both parties remain concerned over the lack of reducing costly required spending on local governments and school districts. They argue a cap won't be practical without reducing that burden.
But Cuomo's economic development czar Kenneth Adams thinks a two percent cap would force a discussion on reducing spending at the local level.
"The tax cap has to come first. People have called it a blunt instrument, you know, I don't think it is necessary so blunt, but the point is, the cap comes first. It forces fiscal discipline and out of that can come conversations about government efficiency and ways to reduce costs," Adams said.