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Previous Commentaries

April 16, 2021 – Carbon Taxes & Fossil Fuels

In October of 1973, OPEC imposed an embargo on oil from its member companies, placing the economies of the world at risk.  Domestic oil producers began operating under new rules that required, among other restrictions, "sharing" of low priced crude with companies without such market advantages and skewing refinery output toward heating fuels to protect citizens in the coming winter.  And of course to assure chaos and deflect blame, price controls were imposed to created shortages, long lines and deep resentment [...]

April 16, 2021|

Budget Buster April 8, 2021

Budget Adopted April 7, 2021  WORDS OF WISDOM OR DESPAIR DELIVERED ON APRIL 4, 2021        ”So as of right now we have the resources necessary so that there would be no cuts in the Governor's Budget so you wouldn't require any significant level of tax increases to pay for the restorations," Mujica told reporters on a conference call.  Mr. Mujica is NYS Director of the Budget.  “So now the conversation is to go to what additions to the budget do [...]

April 8, 2021|

March 24, 2021

SEVERAL BILLS OF GENERAL INTEREST AND TWO OF PARTICULAR CONCERN AT VARIOUS STAGES IN THE PROCESS. A1451A (Santabarbara) is on 3rd reading and eligible for a vote this week.  Last week it was “laid aside” effectively putting off the vote for a week or more.  In response to the push by the sponsor, a revised Memo-In-Opposition was circulated including the AG’s consent decree (settlement) generated by the initial incident, plus a propane company contract that clearly states tanks are not to [...]

March 24, 2021|

MARCH 17, 2021

THE TANK BILL, A1451-A  (SANTABARARA), WAS REPORTED TO THE FLOOR FROM THE CODES COMMITTEE WITH THE MINORITY IN THE NEGATIVE.  Now on third reading, it is eligible for a vote on Monday, March 15. [You may track any of the 109 bills on the watch list by going to nyall.com,”TRACKING NYS LEGISLATION” and using the cursor to view the bill, the date it had any “action”, etc.  Some items contain additional descriptions entered by NYALL, LLC.] Both houses rescinded the emergency [...]

March 17, 2021|

MARCH 14, 2021

THE TANK BILL, A1451-A  (SANTABARARA), WAS REPORTED TO THE FLOOR FROM THE CODES COMMITTEE WITH THE MINORITY IN THE NEGATIVE.  Now on third reading, it is eligible for a vote on Monday, March 15. [You may track any of the 109 bills on the watch list by going to nyall.com,”TRACKING NYS LEGISLATION” and using the cursor to view the bill, the date it had any “action”, etc.  Some items contain additional descriptions entered by NYALL, LLC.] Both houses rescinded the emergency [...]

March 14, 2021|

March 12, 2021

  THE TANK BILL, A1451-A  (SANTABARARA), WAS REPORTED FROM THE CODES COMMITTEE TO THE FLOOR WITH THE MINORITY IN THE NEGATIVE.  Now on third reading, it is eligible for a vote on Monday, March 15. You may track any of the 103 bills on the watch list by going to nyall.com,”TRACKING NYS LEGISLATION” and using the cursor to view the bill, the date it had any “action”, etc.  Some items contain additional descriptions entered by NYALL, LLC. Both houses rescinded the [...]

March 12, 2021|

March 12, 2021

THE TANK BILL, A1451-A  (SANTABARARA, WAS REPORTED FROM THE CODES COMMITTEE TO THE FLOOOR WITH THE MINORITY IN THE NEGATIVE.  Now on third reading, it is eligible for a vote on Monday, March 15. You may track any of the 103 bills on the watch list by going to nyall.com,"TRACKING NYS LEGISLATION" and using the cursor to view the bill, the date it had any "action", etc.  Some items contain additional descriptions entered by NYALL, LLC. Both houses rescinded the emergency [...]

March 12, 2021|

MARCH 5, 2021 – ALBANY UPDATE

TODAY THE LEGISLATURE WILL REPORT FROM COMMITTEE A5967 TO RESCIND EMERGENCY POWERS GIVEN THE GOVERNOR LAST YEAR TO DEAL WITH THE COVID - 19 CRISIS.  EXISTING DIRECTIVES WOULD CONTINUE FOR 30 DAYS.  LEGISLATIVE MEMBERS HAD PREVIOUSLY EXPRESSED CONCERN THAT HIS USE OF HIS BROAD AUTHORITY TO ACT ARBITRARILY ON MATTERS THAT IMPINGE ON RIGHTS OF ASSEMBLY, RELIGIOUS ACTIVITY, TRAVEL AND BUSINESS CLOSURES OFTEN RESULTED IN DECISIONS AT ODDS WITH EPIDEMIOLOGY AND DECISIONS BY OTHER STATES.  THE MANDATES IN HIS DECLARATIONS OF [...]

March 5, 2021|

March Madness – March 2, 2021

Please refer to nyall.com for timely updates:Tracking NYS Legislation. Assm. Santabarbara's 1451-A was reported from the Ag committee to codes.  His explanation and that of staff provided committee members a muddled, confused and inaccurate account of the bill and circumstances that motivated him 4 years ago.  Neither he nor counsel could provide a coherent explanation when asked about which party was liable for any mishap.  The bill provides that during an emergency - even a self-declared one - the non-owner of [...]

March 2, 2021|

REVENUE

Congress has given the state of NY a cash bath, a bailout related to the negative impact of Covid -19 and overspending that perennially generates deficits driven by long term public sector settlements the legislature and governor know cannot be met without more taxes or "one shots."  This week's new entry in the one shot sweepstakes is lawsuit filed against Amazon for some sort of neglect of employees safety, health, etc.  Soon litigation settlements will become part of the budget or [...]

February 17, 2021|
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