JOHN FLANAGAN: More than lip service needed to strengthen New York


Flanagan1.jpgFormer Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, who heads the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, recently called for creation of an “Upstate Caucus” in Albany. While the focus on Upstate is certainly welcome, it’s unnecessary if it cannot deliver results.

After four years in the Executive Branch, Mr. Duffy should recognize there’s already a group within the state Legislature that is speaking out and standing up for Upstate New York. It’s the Senate Republicans.

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State Senate Republicans propose sweeping tax cuts for ‘middle class’

untitled.pngState Senate Republicans unveiled a sweeping middle-class ­income- tax-cut plan Wednesday that could be a bargaining chip as Gov. Cuomo pushes to boost the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

The proposed $3.5 billion cut would be phased in from 2018 through 2025 and save taxpayers an average of $897 each over seven years when fully implemented.

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NYS Senate Republicans pitch tax cut for 5 million middle-class taxpayers

19913907-mmmain.jpgSYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The New York State Senate Republicans proposed Wednesday an income tax cut that would eventually save five million middle-income taxpayers $3.5 billion in taxes a year.

The proposal carves out what tax relief the Senate majority wants in the 2016-17 state budget, but it's a one-house bill that would have to win support from Assembly Democrats, and they proposed a different plan last month which included a tax cut for the middle class and a tax hike for millionaires.

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Flanagan response to Cuomo speech focuses on 'jobs, jobs, jobs'

ALBANY — State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan responded to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address by reiterating Republicans' focus on “jobs, jobs jobs” and asking voters not to forget government reforms they've enacted in recent years.

 

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Sen. Fred Akshar: New year, new senator, new agenda

The New Year brings our community new opportunities and a fresh start on the challenges we face. To be successful, we must pursue these opportunities and face these challenges together.

Thanks to the hard work of the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council (REDC), our community recently got some very good news — $500 million in economic investment.

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