Sunday, February 04, 2007

It's the School Taxes, Stupid

Dean Skelos gathered the other do-nothings of the Long Island Senate delegation (all republicans) and Newsday reports "At another GOP event Saturday, seven of Long Island's eight state senators gathered on the lawn of a Mineola family to denounce Spitzer's property tax plan as unfair. A steamroller was parked in the driveway of Karyn and Chris Franz's home in mockery of Spitzer, who recently called himself a political steamroller.
The senators, too, singled out for mention the governor's position on STAR credits, saying that families making more than $80,000 yearly should get more benefits than Spitzer's plan calls for. State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), the deputy majority leader, criticized Johnson for supporting the governor's plan, noting that the median income on Long Island is higher than $80,000.Pointing at the Franzes -- Chris, 39, a New York City firefighter, and Karyn, 37, a teacher, together make more than $80,000 -- Skelos said: "That's who it's going to hurt, firefighters and teachers. People can't afford their taxes."

Not so fast Dean-o...
"The Spitzer administration disputed that, saying families that make more than $80,000 a year still will get large property tax cuts. For instance, families making between $80,000 and $120,000 will see a 65 percent increase in STAR tax credits, Paul Francis, Spitzer's budget director, said in an interview."

And that really isn't the problem in Nassau anyway.
The problem is the school tax.
That is what really puts homeowners on the brink.
And where have Skelos, Fuschillo and the rest been all these years?
Nassau does not get its fair share of state school funding and for years our republican state senators have been AWOL on the issue.
The election year stunt with the fake "rebates" last year didn't even come close to helping homeowners with thier school taxes.
The school funding formula was and is an issue that Skelos and the gang couldn't be bothered to touch. Skelos even threw the blame on the school districts for not trimming thier budgets.
Skelos likes to tout that he has "secured" more funding for school districts in his SD but he never says where the money comes from or mention that it's a one-shot.
And the money he's getting does nothing to lower school taxes.
We need a long-term solution and Skelos, Fuschillo, Hannon, and Marcellino aren't doing thier job.

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