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New York: Cuomo’s budget speech reflects difficulties and hope

When Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave his state of the state speech on Jan. 3, 2018, he spent much of it lamenting the challenges that New York faces, which, he argued, are made much worse by the federal tax bill that caps the deduction for state and local taxes (the SALT deduction) at $10,000 when not incurred through a trade or business.

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Texas: Proposal to cap property tax increases proceeds out of the Senate

When Texas Gov. Greg Abbott gave his state-of-the-state speech earlier this year, he lamented the fact that “Texans are being crushed by property taxes,” and declared that they “should not stand for it.” Pointing out that “[p]roperty owners are not renting their land from the city,” he reasoned that the state needs “property tax reform that prevents cities from raising property taxes without voter approval. We need serious property tax reform with a real revenue cap.”

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Texas: New challenges to solve and old challenges that need new solutions

In Gov. Greg Abbott’s state-of-the-state speech, he declared that Texas “is in the middle of an innovation renaissance,” touting the facts that the state has the second highest number of Fortune 500 companies, has added more than 200,000 new jobs in spite of last year’s “downturn in the oil patch,” and is number two in the nation for women-owned businesses.
In addition, without “breaking the budget,” the governor applauded lawmakers’ improvements in early and higher education, unclogging congested roads, boosting border security, and “end[ing] the [legislative] session with the largest savings account of any state in America.”
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