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May 18, 2014

Proposed city budget: Spending, property tax would increase

Rochester Mayor Lovely A. Warren’s proposed budget for the coming fiscal year includes property tax and fee increases as part of an effort to close a multi-million-dollar budget gap, although it also includes continued investment for big-tickets projects such as the Inner Loop fill-in and streetscape improvements for Midtown Rising. But Warren’s first budget as […]

Mar 31, 2014

Schools to see increases in state aid

Monroe County school districts will receive significant increases in education funding as part of the final 2014-15 state budget agreement, according to Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle, D-Irondequoit. City and suburban schools will receive funding increases above the statewide average. Monroe County school districts will receive over $1 billion in state aid in the 2014-15 […]

Feb 25, 2014

Advocates argue over higher estate tax limit

ALBANY — Supporters of a proposal to raise New York’s estate tax threshold above $1 million say it would help thousands of homeowners, farmers and small business owners and not just the super-wealthy. Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to increase New York’s exemption threshold on estate taxes from $1 million to the federal level, now at […]

Dec 9, 2013

Sheriff’s salary showdown looming

In the midst of intense questioning over his proposed $37,300 salary increase that would take effect next year, Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn was asked if he plans to attend a Legislature meeting Tuesday night, as lawmakers may have more questions to ask before voting on an overall spending plan for 2014. O’Flynn, who last […]

May 20, 2013

Economists predict increase in consumer spending

WASHINGTON — Consumer spending is likely to pick up this year, while government spending declines at a faster rate, according to a survey of business economists. The economists predict that the U.S. economy will grow 2.4 percent this year and 3 percent next year. That’s unchanged from their forecast in February. But they are more […]

Mar 21, 2013

Reaction mixed on wage increase

Low-income workers may be applauding the deal reached in Albany that raises the minimum wage to $9 an hour. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Assembly and state Senate leaders have reached a deal as part of a tentative agreement on a $135 billion state budget for 2013-14. Legislators still have to OK a spending budget and […]

Oct 29, 2012

Rates for city fees and fines adjusted

Fines for parking tickets issued in the city of Rochester increased Thursday. The fine increase was included in the city’s fiscal 2012-13 budget and is the first increase of parking ticket fines in more than 10 years. Revenue from parking fines are directed to the Parking Trust Fund, which seeks to keep the city’s parking […]

Nov 10, 2011

US foreclosure activity hit 7-month high in Oct.

LOS ANGELES — More U.S. homes entered the foreclosure process in October than in the previous month, with Florida, Pennsylvania and Indiana registering among the largest monthly increases, new data show. Some 77,733 properties received an initial default notice last month, up 10 percent from September, foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc. said Thursday. The number […]

May 3, 2011

US businesses ordered more factory goods in March

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. businesses increased their demand for industrial machinery, computers and autos in March, lifting factory orders for the fifth consecutive month. Orders rose 3 percent in March after a 0.7 percent increase in February ...

Apr 5, 2011

Federal civil, criminal, bankruptcy cases continue to rise

Civil, criminal and bankruptcy filings continued to rise in fiscal 2010, according to the latest data released by the federal judiciary. The report, Judicial Business of the United States Courts ...

Mar 7, 2011

Patents climb in Rochester

The total number of patents issued to Rochester-area businesses increased again in the final quarter of 2010, according to figures released by the Albany intellectual property law firm of Hoffman Warnick LLC. The increase was modest but has been climbing steadily ...

Oct 15, 2010

Gov’t: No increase for Social Security next year

WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than 58 million retirees and disabled Americans will get no increase in Social Security benefits next year, the second year in a row without a raise.

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