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Helping The Middle Class Make Ends Meet

By Senator Patty Ritchie
It’s no secret.  These days, it seems a lot harder to make ends meet—especially for families. From food and putting gas in the car to medical bills and keeping a roof over one’s head, staying afloat can be a challenge.

As your State Senator, one of my top priorities is making things easier for hardworking families.  That’s why I’m happy to announce the 2013 Family Tax Relief Act—a package of tax relief and reform measures aimed at putting more money in the packets of New Yorkers.

This plan would increase tax breaks for the middle class that have not kept pace with inflation, and in some cases, haven’t been adjusted for more than 25 years.

Here’s a few of the ways the Family Tax Relief Act would help the middle class:

·         Increasing the dependent tax-exemption from $1,000 to $2,020 per dependent

·         Boosting the dependent care credit for taxpayers with children and the child tax credit from $330 to $375

·         Restoring the STAR program, which before being canceled in 2009, delivered rebate checks averaging up to $529 to homeowners in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties. Restoration of the STAR program is expected to provide an additional $1.3 billion in tax relief.

For more information on the Family Tax Relief Act, visit my website www.ritchie.nysenate.gov.  There, you’ll find full details and see just how much money your family could save through the plan.

When it comes to our state’s economy, we have begun to turn a corner. But, but there’s still a lot of work to be done.

Through the reforms outlined in the Family Tax Relief Act, we can continue to build upon what we have already accomplished to make living in the Empire State more affordable, create more jobs and revitalize the economy overall.

As your State Senator, I am committed to fighting for the people of Central and Northern New York and supporting initiatives like the Family Tax Relief Act, which will make our great state an even better place to live and work.