Friday, November 25, 2016

Lodging Tax Update

While more and more hotels are proposed for Hudson, the City awaits word on whether or not our proposed lodging tax will be approved in Albany. The legislation authorizing the tax passed in the State Senate and Assembly last summer, but it was only delivered to Governor Andrew Cuomo's desk, to be signed into law or vetoed, on Wednesday, November 16. 

According to an article that appeared in the Times Union on Wednesday, it seems our lodging tax bill was one of several that were sent to the governor's desk in the days just before Thanksgiving: "133 bills await action by Cuomo." There is speculation--denied by those involved--that inundating the governor with bills needing his attention just before the holiday weekend was retribution for his blocking a pay raise for legislators. The governor has until Monday, November 28, to act on each bill. If he takes no action, a bill automatically becomes law.

Thanks to Steve Dunn for bringing this article to our attention

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