The best part of paying your taxes is probably getting your refund check.
This year, the 34th Street Partnership counted 21,966 shopping bags. The group counted 17,290 bags last year, marking a 27 percent increase this year.
New York City officials have concluded their annual budget dance with an agreement that preserves child care, classrooms and other threatened programs, but uncertainty surrounding parts of the plan could lead to more than $600 million in cuts midway through the year.
Do you like to shop and spend maybe a little too much? Do you have trouble saving? It may not be your fault. New science suggests that genetics may cause your brain to be wired that way.
The aid for cities was among dozens of items Gov. Chris Christie vetoed before signing the new state budget into law.
Democrats fell short Monday in an attempt to restore funding to more than 50 women’s health clinics and a half-million dollars to a center for sexually and physically abused children in New Jersey.
Democrats passed a budget that left the aid intact but cut more than $1 million for oversight. In response, Gov. Chris Christie cut $139 million, leaving $10 million to help municipalities with extraordinary hardships like Trenton, Camden and Asbury Park.
New Jersey’s struggling municipalities are out $139 million in state aid that was promised — and in some cases awarded — before Gov. Chris Christie vetoed the appropriation in this year’s budget.
The League of Municipalities says cuts totaling $240 million will adversely impact their ability to provide much-needed property tax relief in their towns.
In New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie used his power to line-item veto a budget handed to him by Democrats. The governor said he’s keeping his promise to not raise taxes.
Despite signing the budget, Christie harshly criticized the Democratic legislature, saying they were reverting “to more of the same unrealistic, fantasy budgeting that has plagued Trenton for years.”
The budget now heads to Governor Chris Christie, who has said he won’t sign it. Republicans insist the proposal is unlawful because it relies on more revenue than the state is likely to collect.
Republicans led by Gov. Chris Christie want to hold the line on spending and taxes. Democrats led by legislative leaders in the Senate and Assembly want to restore funding to the state’s most needy citizens and fully fund public education, and they want the state’s wealthiest taxpayers to shoulder more of the costs.
Legislative budget officer David Rosen was expected to tell the panel that revenue and spending were roughly on track seven months into the fiscal year.
There was a dramatic revelation from Gov. Cuomo on Monday – there have been secret budget rules that for decades have padded funding for special interests and helped push state finances into the red.
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