Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Cuomo, Skelos and Silver: We Have A Deal

Legislative leaders and Gov. Andrew Cuomo this afternoon announced they had tentatively forged a massive deal on restructuring the state’s tax code, reduce the MTA payroll tax and provide $50 million in storm aid.

Under the new code, the top tax rate is set at $2 million and cuts nearly $700 million in taxes, but also is able to close nearly half of a $3.5 billion deficit.

The agreement, aimed at reviving the state’s stagnate economy, is unusual in both its broad scope and end-of-the-year timing.

The $690 million tax cut affects about 4.4 million and expires in December 2014, the end of Cuomo’s first term.

As we reported earlier, the reshaping of the tax structure will generate $1.9 billion in new revenue for the state — reflecting that the move is not “revenue neutral” as some fiscal conservatives had hoped for.

The proposal also includes a $50 million flood reovery program, a $25 million tax credit program for inner-city youth hiring and a reduced manufacturing tax rate.

Officials also agreed to a $1 billion infrastructure fund which will leverage $10 billion in direct capital investment.

The statement notes that the proposal is within the state’s bond cap. Leaders added they had verbal agreements on design-build legislation (aimed, it seems, at reconstructing the Tappan Zee Bridge downstate as quickly as possible), as well as an agreement to push for an expansion of casino-stlye gaming in New York.

It’s important to note that everyone seemingly gets everything in this deal. Taxes are being cut at nearly every level, but the super wealthy who make above $2 million aren’t getting as big a cut as they were in line to receive at the end of the year if the PIT surcharge of 2009 was allowed to expire.

The package also takes some pressure off of Cuomo next year as all 212 seats are up for re-election in what is expected to be an especially contentious redistricting year. Post