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Just LOL

Rome, NY

#1 Jan 21, 2014
Every election year, I see and hear people complain about politicians wasting our tax dollars. However, each year in office they are rarely ridiculed for their misappropriation of our funds. If you have any examples of politicians doing this. This is the place to start a debate about this type of behavior.

On a personal level, I think a politician should be held at a higher level than the average man. They have a responsibility to their constituents and all the people they represent. If they ran for office to just spend our money or to get their cronies in positions, they should be kicked out of the elected office. What do you think? Do you have any examples of this behavior? Name the politician, what they did, and the date it happened?
in the know

Rome, NY

#2 Jan 21, 2014
Crony capitalism
Bored to Tears

Cantonment, FL

#3 Jan 21, 2014
I support

Verona, NY

#4 Jan 22, 2014
Just LOL wrote:
Every election year, I see and hear people complain about politicians wasting our tax dollars. However, each year in office they are rarely ridiculed for their misappropriation of our funds. If you have any examples of politicians doing this. This is the place to start a debate about this type of behavior.
On a personal level, I think a politician should be held at a higher level than the average man. They have a responsibility to their constituents and all the people they represent. If they ran for office to just spend our money or to get their cronies in positions, they should be kicked out of the elected office. What do you think? Do you have any examples of this behavior? Name the politician, what they did, and the date it happened?
well you MORON! you just descrived EVERY politition in the USA! go back to smoking your joint!~
I support

Rome, NY

#5 Jan 22, 2014
I support wrote:
<quoted text>well you MORON! you just descrived EVERY politition in the USA! go back to smoking your joint!~
hey moron quit useing my screen name and pretending to be me saying dumb things and acting like a ahole
I support

Albany, NY

#6 Jan 22, 2014
I support wrote:
<quoted text>hey moron quit useing my screen name and pretending to be me saying dumb things and acting like a ahole
Things never change. Lol
Wanda

Lowville, NY

#8 Jan 22, 2014
The great paradox. No one likes government spending. Unless its on them. Then they love it.
inevitable

Watertown, NY

#9 Jan 22, 2014
Lets get this going! What has Fusco done. Who did he hire, etc.
Sam Walton

Rome, NY

#10 Jan 22, 2014
I have neither names nor dates. However one example of spending tax dollars on things we don't need.(waste). Is the atvs purchased by RPD with many other thing I'm sure. I only use this example because they admitted it in a recent article in the sentinel. the Problem is the state and federal Gov't allocates so much money per municipality. Towns, and cities then accept this money weather it's needed or not. The excuse is always the same. "If we don't take this money this year we won't get it next year." This happens in every town, and city all over America! Just imagine how many Fully equipped for war ATV's which no private citizen has any use for hense will not be purchasing for pennies on the dime due to depreciation. Add all these up, and ask yourself how many tutors could have been hired to help students graduate, How many dilapidated building could have been torn down, maybe we could have even hired an engineer to assess the need, and effectiveness of a cross walk on east Dominick St. across from 6th st. You now the one. it never gets used. It sticks out into the road, and is more likely to get a bicyclist hit by a car than save a pedestrian, and will likely cause accidents, as well as damage snow plows, and vehicles. But we don't know if that's gov't waste. They haven't told us yet!
Just LOL

Rome, NY

#11 Jan 22, 2014
01/07/2014 Article from Rome Daily Sentinel

The following article, which sounds good, but will never get done in Albany because of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, his cronies, and the governor will never follow through on these suggestions. How can this be accomplished? Any ideas?

"ALBANY (AP)- Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed Monday cutting the state’s corporate income tax from 7.1 percent to 6.5 percent in the coming year and eliminating it altogether for upstate manufacturers.

"Business is the movement that pulls the train," Cuomo said.

Surrounded by chamber of commerce officials in the Capitol’s ceremonial Red Room, he said he wants to make the state’s business climate more welcoming, contrary to its longtime reputation as high-tax and anti-business. "You can’t beat zero," he said, hoping to bring factories back to the upstate area that many manufacturers left.

Administration officials said a $2 billion state budget surplus will fund the proposed tax breaks. They include state tax credits to offset 20 percent of manufacturers’ property taxes, phasing out the state utility surcharge and tax credits for lower-income income homeowners and renters.

"The property taxes in this state are just intolerable," Cuomo said. His proposal could freeze them for two years.

He proposed paying more state aid to any of New York’s 10,500 local governments that enforce 2 percent limits on spending increases. In the second year, he proposes using the same financial incentive for municipalities that continue applying that cap and start cutting costs by consolidating services with other towns, villages, cities and counties.

New York has some of the highest property taxes in the nation, with Westchester County first, Nassau County second and Rockland County fourth, the governor said. Measured as a percentage of property values, he said 13 of the 15 highest tax counties in the nation are in upstate New York.

"You just have to reduce that bureaucracy. You can’t feed that many mouths every morning," Cuomo said.

The Empire Center for Public Policy noted that statewide there are 3,200 counties, cities, towns, villages and school districts. The remaining 6,000 government entities are mostly sewer and water districts that collect fees for direct services.

The Cuomo administration also proposed reducing the estate tax in New York, among 15 states that have one, by raising the exemption threshold from $1 million to the federal level of $5.25 million and reducing the state tax rate from 16 percent to 10 percent over four years.

State Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos said he was encouraged Cuomo included several of his conference’s long-held tax-cut priorities. He also called for a permanent state spending cap.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said the governor presented "a bold vision" for providing tax relief, but cautioned it should be fair to everyone and that the state should have resources needed to fund health and education programs that he called bedrock of the state’s quality of life.

Heather Briccetti, president of the Business Council of New York State, said the importance of tax relief to manufacturers "cannot be overstated. The loss of manufacturing jobs is one of the main reasons the upstate economy has struggled."

Billy Easton, executive director of the Alliance for Quality Education, said the plan has tax breaks for banks and wealthy estate owners with money classrooms need.

"The average millionaire estate owner would receive $128,000 in taxpayer subsidies," he said."
Just LOL

Rome, NY

#12 Jan 22, 2014
Mayor Joseph R. Fusco, Jr. stated in his 2013 Budget Message that he believed that the city was broke (figuratively). He went on explaining his beliefs why this is by explaining that unfortunate circumstances occur throughout the year that a city can not plan for, however, he turns around and proposed a plan for saving the city from future financial woes through taxation. The solution: He and his department heads found a way to increase local taxes by the maximum amount the state allows, which was 15 cents on $1000.00 from property owners and small business owners in the area. In addition, he explained that he and his staff would continue to look for ways to reduce their spending, such as consolidation. I have not heard one word about consolidating any of the cities resources in 2013. In the end, the mayor and his staff found a way to again increase their spending habits, especially for the Rome Police and Fire Departments.Lets get real mayor or get out! To view the entire document go to: romenewyork.com/document/5247.pdf
taxpayer

Watertown, NY

#13 Jan 31, 2014
Just LOL wrote:
Mayor Joseph R. Fusco, Jr. stated in his 2013 Budget Message that he believed that the city was broke (figuratively). He went on explaining his beliefs why this is by explaining that unfortunate circumstances occur throughout the year that a city can not plan for, however, he turns around and proposed a plan for saving the city from future financial woes through taxation. The solution: He and his department heads found a way to increase local taxes by the maximum amount the state allows, which was 15 cents on $1000.00 from property owners and small business owners in the area. In addition, he explained that he and his staff would continue to look for ways to reduce their spending, such as consolidation. I have not heard one word about consolidating any of the cities resources in 2013. In the end, the mayor and his staff found a way to again increase their spending habits, especially for the Rome Police and Fire Departments.Lets get real mayor or get out! To view the entire document go to: romenewyork.com/document/5247.pdf
Your post is terrific. Thank you
Truth

Rome, NY

#14 Feb 1, 2014
You don't have to say waste after government. Just say parasites
I support

Verona, NY

#15 Feb 1, 2014
maybe you cry babies should move to canada!
idiocy

Rome, NY

#16 Feb 1, 2014
I support wrote:
maybe you cry babies should move to canada!
your a idiot. reread thread and what you said. If you still don't know why your a idiot by what you said then your a retard
roman

New York, NY

#17 Feb 2, 2014
Just LOL wrote:
Every election year, I see and hear people complain about politicians wasting our tax dollars. However, each year in office they are rarely ridiculed for their misappropriation of our funds. If you have any examples of politicians doing this. This is the place to start a debate about this type of behavior.

On a personal level, I think a politician should be held at a higher level than the average man. They have a responsibility to their constituents and all the people they represent. If they ran for office to just spend our money or to get their cronies in positions, they should be kicked out of the elected office. What do you think? Do you have any examples of this behavior? Name the politician, what they did, and the date it happened?
Your so right, this is exactly what's wrong with America...all the politicians are corrupt.
Wanda

Camden, NY

#18 Feb 2, 2014
The real problem is the gigantic horde of low information voters who vote for these leeches because their decision making skills never developed past 2nd grade.

But that's not surprising given these big thinkers can't even manage their own lives effectively.
Remington NY Made

Rome, NY

#19 Mar 2, 2014
Wanda said, "The real problem is the gigantic horde of low information voters who vote for these leeches because their decision making skills never developed past 2nd grade.

But that's not surprising given these big thinkers can't even manage their own lives effectively."

I can't agree with her more. First, most voters don't really know who they are voting for and it doesn't help that politicians usually feed misinformation to the media to be published. It all gets very confusing in the end. That is why I think the best policy is term limits and/or election recalls. If a politician is crooked they should be fired!
Remington NY Made

Rome, NY

#20 Mar 2, 2014
Just LOL, good posts. I wish more people could back up there arguments on here.
BEANS BURRITO

Rome, NY

#21 Mar 7, 2014
this government needs Christian leaders not atheists

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