Good morning. Here’s a look at opinion content published today in The Journal News:
Mandate relief: Editorial
We comment on news that Bedford town officials voted to create a local law to override the 2-percent property tax cap. We encourage Gov. Andrew Cuomo to get serious about mandate relief. We write:
Some towns are already signaling their 2012 budgets could surpass New York’s new 2 percent property-tax cap on local tax levies. Expect similar Hamlet-like struggles from counties and school districts as they look for ways to meet the cap and provide the services their constituents demand.
This should come as little surprise: The tax cap, by itself, is a blunt instrument. It provides a ceiling, but not the steps to get there.
New Yorkers, who struggled to lose the mantle of “most taxed in the nation” amid their sinking fortunes of the Great Recession, demanded it. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who cajoled, berated and begged the state Legislature to pass the cap, gave the people what they wanted.
Now we need the sequel: mandate reform, government consolidation and more discussion among taxpayers on what they are willing to pay for, and what they will do without. …
War spending: Community View
David Gurowsky of Suffern, a member of the Rockland Coalition for Peace and Justice, argues in a Community View that the U.S. should end its costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and that domestic spending on infrastructure and social needs be a national focus.
Here’s a look at what our colleagues are saying today:
Where’s the plan to repair New York’s roads and bridges?: Editorial, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
What now, PEF? What now, New York?: Editorial, Albany Times Union
Americans need to stop quarreling and get thinking: Editorial, Syracuse Post-Standard
Thrown under the bus: Editorial, Daily News
Parties must work out deal: Editorial, Poughkeepsie Journal