This Week in Albany

Week ending July 13, 2018

Supreme Court Nominee

President Trump has nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the Supreme Court vacancy caused by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kavanaugh currently serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Kavanaugh has a long track record of siding with employers over employees, and his confirmation would push the Court even further to the side of corporations and the wealthy over the interests of working men and women. His nomination is opposed by AFSCME and the AFL-CIO.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has indicated that he wants to confirm Kavanaugh to the Court before the November elections. If all Republican Senators vote for the nomination, Kavanaugh can be confirmed without a single Democratic vote.

Tax Cap

This week, Comptroller DiNapoli announced that next year’s property tax cap for municipalities whose fiscal year ends on December 31 will be two percent. This includes all counties, towns, and fire districts, as well as 44 cities and 10 villages.

The tax cap is often referred to as a two percent cap but from 2014 through 2018 municipalities had their levy growth capped at less than two percent, including a cap of 0.68% in 2017. While the tax cap still puts immense pressure on local services, a cap of two percent gives local governments more flexibility than they had even a few years ago.


Never Quit Fact of the Week

The nationwide decrease in union membership over the past several decades closely mirrors the decline in the share of income going to the middle 60 percent of households, according to a Center for American Progress analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data