Negotiations between Governor Hochul, Senate Leadership, and Assembly Leadership continue with no quick resolution in sight. There are a number of unresolved matters including a key issue concerning modifications to bail reform.
From our perspective, we have two issues wrapped up in the state budget. As we reported last week, we oppose the extension of the sales tax to subscription-based streaming services. The language of the bill is extremely broad and could unintentionally apply to broadcast services. We are also seeking to enact payroll tax credits for broadcast journalists. Also as noted in this issue, we would like legislation allowing cameras in the courtroom to be included in the budget.
Our concerns about the sales tax can be found here.
Our support for a payroll tax credit for journalists can be found here.