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Not everybody enjoys paying taxes. Some citizens regard them as a kind of legalized robbery. They agree with Tom Paine who said, when income tax was introduced in 1792, “What at first was plunder has assumed the softer name of revenue.” Just as medieval kings brutally robbed their citizens to finance their wars and comfortable lifestyles, so the democratic monarchs of the present age have found less violent means to the same ends. The extreme anti-tax position embraces a kind of anarchy in which central government ceases to exist, and only the fittest survive.

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The newly approved New York State budget includes a workaround for the partial loss of state and local tax deductions in the federal tax overhaul.

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On Thursday, Governor Cuomo will detail his proposals to help New Yorkers affected by changes to the federal tax law. But Republicans who rule the State Senate are cool to the ideas, including one that creates a payroll tax instead of a state income tax.

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Governor Cuomo’s budget director says 30-day amendments to the governor’s spending plan due out later this week will include an overhaul of the state’s tax code. It will include plans to ease the effects of the loss of the state and local tax deductions in the new federal tax overhaul.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced two proposals to help New Yorkers get around the federal tax changes that removed state and local tax deductions from the federal tax code.

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