The state legislature has backed off on the 12 cent per gallon craft beer tax. Given the state’s financial situation this is more than just a symbolic gesture and a sign that the state is beginning to give brewers the same treatment it does to wineries.
If you think contaminated ground water, increased seismic activity and unknown impacts to the food chain are a bad idea, there’s still time to comment on NY’s regulations on hydraulic fracturing (fracking).
The city doesn’t seem to understand that you can’t take the 2% money and just dump into the general fund. The money has to be made available to all firefighters and not spent on equipment. They may be “disappointed”, but they can’t continue ignoring the law.
I’ve only been saying this for years now, but New York has become a major player in the craft beer industry.
And now NY may see its once-thriving hops industry return, helped by modern techniques that were not available 100 years ago. I’m doing my part by growing a modern disease-resistant strain (Williamettes) along the south side of my house. Cheers!
New York is infamous for its horribly corrupt state government. Everyone complains, yet New Yorkers keep re-electing the sleazy incumbents year after year. Take for instance state senator Jim Alesi. He illegally entered a home under construction, climbed a ladder and then fell off, breaking his leg. The builder and home owners declined to press criminal charges out of sympathy for his injury. They shouldn’t have. Alesi, free of possible criminal charges due to the statute of limitations, turned around and sued them on the last possible day for not securing the construction site.
To say this caused a storm of controversy is putting it mildly. After a week of bad publicity, angry Facebook posts and being left out to hang by his own party (the GOP, what a shock) he has withdrawn his suit, claiming he “filed the suit without regard to the anxiety that it would cause the homeowners, the builders or the community…” Of course.
I’m predicting he’ll be re-elected again.