Assembly and Senate Restore, Increase Funds for Seniors in Budget Resolutions

The Senate and the Assembly passed their budget resolutions last week to reflect their program priorities.  Both budgets included the restoration of cuts in senior services that were in the Governor’s budget.  Conference committees are meeting this week in various issue areas and will be given a targeted amount of money that can be added…

Budget Fights Over Medicare, Social Security to Begin

It was reported this week that President Donald Trump’s budget proposal will not include cuts in Medicare and Social Security.  However, Congressional Republicans, particularly in the House, apparently want to make cuts in entitlement programs, especially because Trump intends to make massive cuts in the “discretionary” parts of the budget which are not mandated.  Trump…

Assembly Democrats Propose $5.6 Billion Tax Increase on High Incomes

Assembly Democrats have again proposed as they did last year a major extension of the “millionaires tax” plus adding new tax brackets in ranges of $1 – $5 million, $5 – $10 million, $10 million to $100 million and another bracket above $100 million.  The top rates would be 10.32% for those above $100 million….

Feeling the Bern: Trump and Cuomo Both Plan to Rein in Drug Prices

Drug price escalation has become so unpopular it has resulted in both Republican President Donald Trump and Governor Andrew Cuomo both proposing to take concrete action to limit prices, a populist position that has long been championed by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.  Trump said over the weekend that he will not be cutting Medicare and…