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Government Affairs Albany Update

December 3, 1999

PPI Book Says Mandate Relief Could Save Taxpayers $5 Billion

Local taxes in New York State, the highest in the nation, could be cut by $5 billion a year if Governor Pataki and the Legislature repeal and reform state mandates on localities and school districts, The Public Policy Institute says in a new book. The book was released at a press conference in Albany, including representatives from all of the major local-government organizations in the state. For a press release on the book, see the Institute's website, The $163 Lightbulb: How Albany's Mandates Drive Up Your Local Taxes see the Institute's website, www.ppinys.org. The book is available from the Institute at 518-465-7511.