Government Affairs Albany UpdateJanuary 4, 2008
- Senate RPT Reform Package
- Proposed Federal Rule on Set-Aside Contracts for Women-Owned Small Businesses
Senate RPT Reform Package
Staff Contact: Ken
Senate Republicans have declared real property tax reform to be their top legislative priority for 2008, in announcing comprehensive reform legislation this week. Their press release is available here.
Key provisions include:
- significant increases in STAR rebates for most homeowners in the state (increasing the total value of STAR rebates from $ 1 billion in 2007 to $3.6 billion by 2009)
- allowing school districts, through local referendum, to eliminate residential property taxes over a five year period, with RPT income to be replaced by new state funding;
- comprehensive sate mandate relief;
- a freeze on property tax rates for seniors (over the age of 65);
- establish a “blue ribbon commission” on real property tax reform.
This will be new legislation, but bill text is not yet available. During the 2007 session, the Senate passed legislation (S.6119/Little) that contained some elements on this new proposal, including the five year phase-out option, financial relief from state-imposed mandates, and creation of a RPT reform panel.
A new posting in the Federal Register contained a proposed rule from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to set aside contracts for women-owned small businesses in four industries where these businesses are underrepresented in the federal procurement process.
Under the proposed rule, women-owned small businesses in the national security and international affairs (NAICS Code 9281); coating, engraving, heat treating and allied activities (NAICS Code 3328); household and institutional furniture and kitchen cabinet manufacturing (NAICS Code 3371); and certain motor vehicle dealers industries (NAICS Code 4412) would be eligible for set-aside agency contracts of less than $3 million or $5 million for manufacturing contracts. The industries were selected based on a RAND Corporation study to determine the industries in which women-owned small businesses were underrepresented in federal contracting.
The rule is open for public comment with all comments due by February 25, 2008; the text of the rule can be viewed here, and comments can be submitted electronically via: www.regulations.gov/search/index.jsp