The plush leather seats, the new alloy wheels, power windows, a powerful engine…. Just the talk of new car gets adrenaline pumping.
Buying a NEW car is simply splendid! But you need to be sure while making the purchase. You don’t want to buy something that doesn’t go with your style, something that doesn’t meet your expectations.
"This year, as we continue to face a struggling economy, both locally and nationally, there was no easy way to balance our State’s budget. Our State government has less money and more debt, while the need for public services has only increased. New York is not alone; 44 States are facing combined budget deficits of over $112 Billion this year. As legislators, we knew that painful cuts would have to be made to vital programs, and the only fair scenario was one in which the sacrifices were shared by all.
No one will deny that we Puerto Ricans are proud of our culture and very proud of our cuisine. Much of our food contains – dare I say it: salt. It’s part of who we are, have been, and will be. The unique blend of salt and a variety of flavors in every Puerto Rican meal is to be savored and enjoyed.
It’s hard to understand how any Puerto Rican would consider making a law to cast our food aside and recommend ways to punish restaurants that prepare and serve Puerto Rican dishes.
Spending Priorities: Super Trains vs. Manned Space Program
By Michael Boyajian
With concern growing about our government’s deficit spending many are wondering if we have to chose between government programs. Two programs that may face each other for federal dollars are the super train network and the manned space program.
Wow. We just never could have seen this one coming.
From the NY Times:
Warning to rich New Yorkers: The tax man might be digging deeper into your pockets in the years ahead.
There is a growing sense in the capital that legislators are likely to turn to an income tax increase on the wealthiest New Yorkers to help close the state’s $15 billion deficit, now that Democrats control the Senate, the Assembly and the governor’s office.
Unlike noted fabulist Jacob Gershman, now of the NY Post, Dan Janison of Newsday writes a decent political analysis of the governor's proposed budget. I only take issue with the penultimate paragraph that quotes an unnamed Paterson source:
"He has said he does not want to raise taxes," the source said. "A lot of millionaires have been laid off. The quickest way to continue the repopulation of Florida and South Carolina and North Carolina is to pass the millionaires' tax. That will ensure that in the next census the state will be fourth in population, rather than first as it was in 1980."
From NY Times:
"Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s budget director mounted a blistering attack on Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s proposed state budget yesterday, asserting that it would create an $862 million shortfall in the New York City budget for the fiscal year that starts on July 1."
So is Mark Page (budget director for the city) right? Has the governor gone to far in cuts to the city for the benefit of upstate. While I am not the biggest fan of the mayor, I do respect Mr. Page and believe he is telling the truth in this situation and being very cautious about the spitzer plan.