Monday, December 5, 2011

The New York Times

Thomas Kaplan reports: “Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday called for ‘comprehensive reform’ of New York’s tax code that would mean higher tax rates for the wealthy and a tax cut for the middle class, according to officials briefed on the plan. Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat whose popularity soared as he cut spending and won concessions from labor unions during his first year in office, also called for a stimulus package that would increase spending on road and bridge construction; finance new programs to train poor urban youths; and legalize resort-style casino gambling.”

Lisa Foderaro writes about how the city is cracking down on some street performers “for vending in an unauthorized location — specifically, within 50 feet of a monument. The department’s rule, one of many put in place a year ago, was intended to control commerce in the busiest parks. Under the city’s definition, vending covers not only those peddling photographs and ankle bracelets, but also performers who solicit donations.”

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