Friday, December 19, 2008

New York's New Taxes....

Glad I'm not living in the big apple -

"Gov. Paterson's proposed $121 billion budget hits New Yorkers in their iPods - and nickels-and-dimes them in lots of other places, too. ... ... "We're going to have to take some extreme measures," Paterson said Tuesday after unveiling the slash-and-burn budget.

The proposal, which needs legislative approval, did not include broad-based income tax increases, but relied on smaller ones to raise $4.1 billion from cash-strapped New Yorkers.

Movie tickets, taxi rides, soda, beer, wine, cigars and massages would be taxed under Paterson's proposal. It also extends sales taxes to cable and satellite TV services and removes the tax exemption for clothes costing less than $110.

"The governor is nickel-and-diming working class families," said Ron Deutsch, executive director of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness, an advocacy group.

State Conservative Party Chairman Michael Long warned that reinstating the sales tax on clothing and shoes will drive people to New Jersey, where they will also gas up their cars and pick up their wine, spirits and soda because the prices are less due to lower taxes. "You're sending notice to the people of New York that we really don't want you here," Long said. "The governor proposed flat spending, but why not actually cut the budget before raising taxes and fees?"

excerpts and photo from NY Daily News

"A few of the things that will cost a little more under the new state budget: Clockwise from top l., sporting events, alcohol, Internet downloads, shopping, taxis, soda, movie tickets, and cable TV."

1 comment: said...

RE: New York's 1.2 Billion Subsidy to AMD-Emirates of Abu Dhabi‏

Please see grass roots proposal as represented by the letter below. Note that this is not an effort to strickly put forth principles, other than conscience.

Thank You,

[ Proposal Letter Reshaping NY State's Subsidy for AMD Chip Fab Plant ]

Albert P. Carey, President and CEO
Frito-Lay North America
7701 Legacy Drive
Plano, Texas 75024

Dear Mr. Carey,

I would like to make a proposal for Frito Lay to consider. Please bear with me as I 'Lays' the ground work.

If your not aware, New York State is offering upwards of a 1.2 Billion dollar subsidy for a chip fabrication plant to be located in Saratoga New York. We the citizens of New York, are led to believe this is an effort to bring new jobs to the State –roughly 1,400 jobs. The State has been in lengthy discussions with Advanced Micro Dev ices (AMD) ab out a prospective chip plant. AMD has for a long time waffled despite the fact that the subsidy would be worth, by some estimates, $1 Million p er new job. There is concern that the useful life of the chip plant is ten years typically and the subsidy would amount to $100,000 per year, per AMD job.

Many taxpayers, rightly so, are trouble by the fact that AMD has shed over 25% of it’s work force in 2008 and AMD stock has lost roughly 70% of it’s value in the last 12 months. Not to mention the fact that the majority ownership in AMD is now held in the Emirates of Abu Dhabi. And, the the incentives have now been transfered to the AMD spinoff: "The Foundry Co. backed by the Advanced Technology Investment Co. of Abu Dhabi and Mubadala Investment, an investment arm of the Abu Dhabi government."

While business continues to leave the state and organic growth is treated with the herbicides of taxation and regulation -the citizen is left to wonder what the next niche industry might cost?

Frankly, if this deal goes through, it looks as if the New York State tax payer is 'Toastitos'.

First, let me say, as we all know: “Frito-Lay is the undisputed chip champ of North America.” Further, the products of Frito Lay and that of your parent company Pepsico Inc. are American icons.

Having stated that above, my proposal is simple. I’d like to call it the Frito Rule, but we can call it something else if you insist. Anyway, the classic Frito chip is unique in that it has four sides…think Frito Factor equal to 4; and, Frito Ratio equal to one fourth.

Here goes. We suggest Frito Lay seek to construct a chip fabrication plant in Saratoga New York. Frito Lay would receive one fourth of the AMD subsidy, or roughly 300 million dollars, furnished by the State of New York. In exchange, Frito Lay must create four times the jobs that AMD is proposing. And, one fourth of those jobs must be in food science, product testing, or otherwise technically skilled –surely this is part of the work force at your current snack chip plants.

Note the benefits are not only in the form of incentives, this is also a green initiative. Note that Railex USA operates what is commonly referred to as “the produce train” between Wallula, Washington and Rotterdam, New York. Rotterdam is approximately 20 miles from the proposed site in Luther Forest and a railroad spur to the site may be feasible. Or, the chip plant might be located in Rotterdam as the surrounding area actually needs economic development, better yet!

Back to the railroad, there are actually two trains per week crossing the country in five days carrying produce from the West to the East. It is likely the backhaul (the return trip) capacity is under utilized. This backhaul might serve as a backbone of distribution supplying the entire western United States with Frito Lay products. As the recent advertising would suggest, the railroad could move one ton of ‘Sun Chips’ 436 miles on one gallon of diesel fuel. Considering the packaging requirements, you can ship Frito Lay chips at much high density than AMD chips.

Now you may have a very real concern about corruption and graft given the reputation of New York politicians. Indeed, we’re tempted to call them 'Cheatos'. For that reason we strong suggest this proposal be presented to the public directly, thereby avoiding the circumstances that facilitate moral hazard.

Ultimately, it appears the State is set on subsidizing a new employer at the site. In the spirit of foregone conclusions, as opposed principle, we must endeavor to reshape this subsidy. As you know, a majority of New Yorkers enjoy (value) Frito Lay products often, if not on occasion. The suggestion that a value judgment between AMD chips and Frito Lay chips by the few legislators is appropriate, represents exactly the type of central planning that has saddled the citizens of New York with the current deal.

Please note I am seeking nothing for myself. I am, however, available for product testing on a work at home basis. I’d like to specialize in the 'Cool Ranch Dorito', with which I have some experience already. Hey, we can talk.

Thank You for your consideration,

Citizen's of NY

PS: Would Frito Lay consider adding a chip branded as “the Bruno” if it would close the deal? Give it some thought, and I'll explain later.

cc: Ms. Indra K. Nooyi, Chairman/CEO - Pepsico, Inc.