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posticon Editorial - Taxes Just Go Up

Opinions | Friday, February 21, 2020 | By Dan Veaner Print
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When I try to make sense of property taxes my head explodes.  Because, like head explosions, the things that influence property taxes are messy.  Theoretically as a community grows there are more people to share the burden of property taxes, so nobody ends up paying more.  That assumes that consumption of services grows proportionally to the rising population.  If that really happened it seems fair.  But there is a lot more that goes into that equation, and in real dollars and cents every year taxes go up and wallets get emptier.

Take the Lansing schools, for example.  Some people have worried that a rising population in the town will mean that property taxpayers will have to pay for more teachers and even bear the cost of building new classrooms.  This concern was aired during public hearings on the Milton Meadows project, that brought affordable housing to the Lansing town center.  Not long ago a town official reported that a number of the new residents at Milton Meadows had moved from elsewhere in Lansing, and, therefore, their children would not raise the student population.  However, that doesn't take into consideration new families who will back-fill the residences that the now Milton Meadows residents used to live in.  The student population has, in fact, been rising.

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posticon Thoughts - The Electoral College

Opinions | Friday, February 21, 2020 | By Casey Stevens Print
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Caseythoughts The Electoral College. No classes, no professors, no students. No tuition, no scholarships, no student loans. Not a place, but a compromise, an idea. And, overall, the most unloved institution in America. Except: by traditionalists, originalists, and perhaps the few remaining 'true conservatives' of the country. Conservatives these days are a ragtag bunch, conservative in name only for the most part, thinking that interfering in people's private lives is a 'conservative' value. Well, that's a topic for a future 'Thoughts'. This week we'll take on the Electoral College, 2.0. Turn to Article II of the Constitution, class.

As I wrote in the previous 'Thoughts', it is now the subject/topic to be brought before the Supreme Court in April, and decision to be announced in June as the Court closes its session.

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posticon Letters - Get Out of Jail Free Pass

Opinions | Friday, February 21, 2020 | By NYS Senator Pam Helming Print
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mailmanNew legislation has been introduced in the New York State Senate that would create the crime of criminal circumvention of bail reform. This law specifically targets law enforcement officers and district attorneys. It is just one more attempt by progressives to silence those who oppose the recently enacted changes to our criminal justice system.

Actions like this have a chilling effect on our democracy. People on both sides of the aisle who believe in democracy and the rule of law should be alarmed by these actions. Furthermore, the introduction of this measure mere days after the attempted assassination of several NYPD officers sends an indecent message to the criminals roaming our streets who already think they have a get out of jail for free pass.

NYS Senator Pam Helming

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