Thursday, March 1, 2012

A Late Valentine for the Overtaxed

I've been laying low for the last few months, I was called in to work on the road and I gladly bit at the oppertunity to head down south for the winter where hard work is rewarded with honest pay and encouraged with fewer union regs. When I came back, I expected to see some news about getting my STAR rebate back this year, but I didn's see a thing. In fact, All I could find was one story from Watertown about Mrs. Ritchie's poor efforts on getting me my money back. This belated Valentine really shows how much those in Albany care about me and my kind upstate.

I don't understand how the law-making process works out in Albany. What I do know is two or three years ago I stopped getting this check back from the state because they wanted to keep the money. Patty Ritchie showed up at my door and told me that the DEMOCRAT in office go rid of it and that the first thing she was going to do was get us our money back so that the state would stop using it for the greater good.

And here we are a year n a half in and she's done nothing. She has an interest in her conference of doing something some day, but doesn't know where to get the money from to give me my money back at the end of the year. Here's a newsflash, you don't need to find a funding source to give me my money back. I am your funding source and I want you to cut the line and give us overtaxed what was once ours. And quit promoting "Enhanced STAR" like its the same thing as regular STAR, its not, and you've done nothing but remind old folks to get it, its the same thing that its always been, no change at all and no input from you.

Patty Ritchie and Governor Cuomo brag about doing all sorts of good for the taxpayers. They passed a property tax cap, but my County overrode it and they can raise taxes again. These people claim to be different, claim they care about us struggling upstaters who are overtaxed and live in a resource poor area where we pay bankers taxes on our homes that are nothin more than shacks and lean-tos. But all they really are is the same monster with a different face, they pass all sorts of feel good laws, saying that life will get better for us, they want kick us in the teeth again and then they pass all sorts of crap that either punches us in the mouth or says that the County has to do it.


  1. I hate to tell you but those STAR Rebate checks worked just exactly like the Earned Income Credit from the IRS! People who paid little or nothing in school taxes got the same dollar amount of rebate as those of us who pay thousands. Obama himself couldn’t have come up with a slicker “redistribution of wealth” plan. What we need is a change to the property tax code that sets the amount of tax on a residence in proportion to the number of families or people living in it. A two or three family house with fifteen college students living in it creates a much larger demand for public services than a house with a retired couple or widow. The whole thing about the STAR program is bull crap to make people think they are getting a break when they really should be getting kissed while they get screwed.

    1. Its still mnoey that I didn't have to pay the State before, dammit. This is a tax increase on the middle class. The Earned Income Credit is for poor who want to feel like they are doing work, this is taxes on actual money that Ive earned.m And if that's why they don't want to give it back they should say it. Two years ago she said eliminating STAR was a tax increase and she was right. If she doesn't feel that way she should have a press conference