Does NY’s property tax cap make sense?
The New York State United Teachers union is challenging the state’s 2 percent property tax cap in court as unconstitutional. With some exceptions, the 2011 law limits year-to-year property tax hikes to 2 percent. Voters can override the cap by a vote of 60 percent; NYSUT says any requirement beyond a simple majority rule is unfair. The union also believes that poorer school districts will be harmed disproportionately by the cap.
Critics say the teachers union only wants the ability to keep raising salaries, which is making Long Island unaffordable, especially for retirees. What do you think?
Should George Zimmerman face federal civil rights charges?
The Justice Department is now deciding whether to bring a federal civil rights case against George Zimmerman that could put him on trial again for the death of Trayvon Martin. The government would need to prove that his killing of the 17-year old Martin was racially motivated.
Could a federal trial satisfy the demands for justice over Martin’s death? Or would it further divide the country?
What would cause you to use MacArthur Airport more?
MacArthur Airport has seen a 46.4 percent decrease in commercial flights since 2007. Some Newsday readers blame high prices and inconvenient flight schedules. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) is working to attract additional airlines to MacArthur, and to build in a customs facility to allow for international traffic.
Help inform our upcoming editorial: What do you think would make the airport more attractive to travelers?