Media is reporting that the proposed 2013-2014 New York State Budget includes a $350 tax rebate for families that have children and that earn between $40,000 and $300,000 per year. The rebate would go into effect in 2014, an election year.
As Conservatives, we certainly applaud state government efforts to provide tax relief for families. However, this particular effort appears to be a smoke-and-mirror attempt to ingratiate Governor Cuomo and Members of the Legislature to voters by sending them free money in advance of the 2014 elections. The same goal could have just as easily been achieved by providing tax credits, rather than rebate checks. A tax credit would have resulted in lower administrative costs and a wiser use of taxpayer dollars.
It would appear that public financing of campaign expenditures found its way into budget negotiations after all. No doubt these rebate checks will be preceded by multiple state-sponsored mailings touting the soon arrival of tax relief for middle-class families. Tax rebates merely aid incumbent elected officials at the expense of average taxpayers. This is a gimmick to garner votes at taxpayer expense.